18 Sep 2000

Venue: International Environment House

Organization: Geneva Environment Network

This roundtable considered the results of the final preparatory meeting in Lyon, which concluded on 15 September, and explored options for a comprehensive political package at The Hague.

About this Session

Although adopted by the world’s governments in 1997, the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change has yet to enter into force. Many governments are waiting to see the results of the current phase of negotiations before they ratify it. These negotiations, which will conclude at the Sixth Session of the Conference of the Parties in The Hague, from 13 – 24 November, must finalize the Protocol’s operational details and generate greater momentum for the Convention.

The Kyoto rulebook will need to include accounting methods for emissions, rules for obtaining credit for offsetting emissions by growing trees, measures for non-compliance with emissions targets and other commitments, and procedures for the Clean Development Mechanism and for the Joint Implementation and Emissions Trading systems. Convention-related issues that must be addressed include technology transfer and the special concerns of developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to climate change or to the economic consequences of the policies and measures that developed countries use to reduce emissions.


Welcoming remarks & introduction by moderator, Michael Zammit Cutajar, Executive Secretary of the Climate Change Convention

Panel of speakers:

  • Kok Kee Chow, Deputy Director General, Malaysian Meteorological Service
  • Bill Hare, Climate Policy Director, Greenpeace International
  • Bakary Kante, Director, Division of Environment Policy Development and Law, UNEP
  • Dave Moorcroft, Programme Manager, Climate Change, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • José Romero, Senior Scientific Adviser, Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape

Discussion with panelists and participants & wrap-up by moderator