Press release

The Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) is using the power of the Internet to broadcast the meetings of 5th Conference of the Parties here in Bonn (25 October - 5 November 1999). The effort builds on 3 years of experience gained at previous conferences held in Kyoto and Buenos Aires. The secretariat believes that Internet can be used as new tool to extend participation in the event and help ensure that the process is transparent. The COP5 Internet Broadcast Team is providing live coverage of all plenary meetings.

Of special interest will be the Internet broadcast of the two part High Level Segment. The first part beginning on 2 November will feature national policy statements from nearly 60 government ministers from around the world. The second part on 3-4 November will feature an exchange of views among the ministers on progress made in dealing with climate change, and the way forward in promoting the implementation of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action and the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol.

All live coverage is stored in an "on-demand" video and audio archive on the web where it can be retrieved when needed. In addition, some of the meetings of the Subsidiary Bodies and a number of the special events are being recorded for the archive. These include special events of the Governments, events of the UNFCCC, IPCC and UNEP as well as NGO presentations by WWF, Greenpeace International and Climate Action Network, etc.

For the first time, a Country Index will be prepared for each of the archived statements made during the High Level Segment providing ready access to each country's statement from the website. A Topic Index, prepared by IISD's Earth Negotiation Bulletin reporting team following COP5, will complement the Country Index by providing access by subject.

The COP5 Internet Broadcast is made possible through a unique collaboration between the Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) and the: Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB), Project Group for Experimental Interactive Television of the University of Applied Sciences Cologne (EITV), Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Welle, Sparkasse Bonn, and the Sysdat Company, Cologne.

Have a look at the website: http://cop5.unfccc.de and click on the link"Internet Broadcast".