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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on December 15th, 2007
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)

The Official UNFCCC Site Says:

The Conference, hosted by the Government of Indonesia, took place at the Bali International Convention Centre and brought together more than 10,000 participants, including representatives of over 180 countries together with observers from intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations and the media. The two week period included the sessions of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, its subsidiary bodies as well as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. A ministerial segment in the second week concluded the Conference.

The conference culminated in the adoption of the Bali roadmap, which charts the course for a new negotiating process to be concluded by 2009 that will ultimately lead to a post-2012 international agreement on climate change. Ground-breaking decisions were taken which form core elements of the roadmap. They include the launch of the Adaptation Fund as well as decisions on technology transfer and on reducing emissions from deforestation. These decisions represent various tracks that are essential to achieving a secure climate future.

From the IISD Site We Learn:

Saturday, 15 December: 6:27 pm BALI CONFERENCE ENDS WITH AGREEMENT ON ROADMAP

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The Bali conference has ended on a high note, with agreement on a Bali roadmap after lengthy and at times difficult negotiations. During the closing plenary, many parties expressed their pleasure at the adoption of the Bali roadmap, and thanked their colleagues, the UNFCCC Secretariat and the Indonesian Government. Pakistan, for the G-77/China, highlighted the shared understanding that our partners “will not leave us again” and that “we are taking this step together.” Portugal, for the EU, noted that a busy two years lies ahead, and committed itself to working towards a final agreement in Copenhagen. Closing the meeting, President Witoelar said the decisions in Bali have launched a new process for reaching agreement by 2009. He labeled the meeting as a “breakthrough” where delegates demonstrated leadership to create a sustainable future, and identified the Bali roadmap as a tribute to delegates’ solidarity to tackling climate change, the “defining challenge of the century.” He gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:27pm.

Photo: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after consensus was reached

Saturday, 15 December: 4:30 pm US JOINS CONSENSUS ON LONG-TERM COOPERATIVE ACTION

Reversing previous opposition, the US joined the consensus after all other parties expressed support for the draft text on long-term cooperative action under the Convention. Delegates applauded the US announcement, and also the Secretariat in appreciation of their hard work and efficiency. Delegates then adopted the outcome text. Negotiations continued under the AWG.

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The Secretariat give Yvo de Boer a standing ovation.

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Consulting on the dais.
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Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono meets with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Saturday morning

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon enters the plenary with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in the plenary.

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Indian delegation with Halldor Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Secretariat
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India and Australia confer

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The US initially said it could not join the consensus

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Delegates listen intently to the proceedings

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Responding to US comments, South Africa (left photo) described a statement that developing countries are not accepting their full responsibilities as most unwelcome and without any basis. He noted that a paragraph on developing country mitigation goes further than what is expected in the Convention, while a paragraph on developed country commitments was not as strong as he would have liked.

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After other interventions, including one by Papua New Guinea, who said the US should “lead, follow or get out of the way”, the US said it would join the consensus.


Saturday, 15 December: 2:00 pm UN SECRETARY-GENERAL, INDONESIAN PRESIDENT APPEAL FOR BREAKTHROUGH AS TEMPERS FRAY

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono have addressed delegates in Bali, returning to the meeting to urge delegates to make a final effort to reach consensus. Following Ban Ki-moon’s speech, delegates continued to debate in plenary, with the US stating that it could not accept the latest text as it stands. However, the EU said it could accept the compromise text. Discussions are continuing.

Saturday, 15 December: 11:17 am Plenary adjourns again pending consultations between G-77/China ministers and the Indonesian Foreign Minister

Saturday, 15 December: 10:00am: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon returns to Bali

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Richard Kinley, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNFCCC, briefs UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon upon his arrival in Bali

Saturday, 15 December: 9:41 am: PLENARY ADJOURNS AS INDIA OPPOSES THE DRAFT TEXT AND THE G-77/CHINA MEETS FOR CONSULTATIONS

India speaks to the press following the adjournment of the meeting.

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Saturday, 15 December: 2:30am: BREAKING NEWS: SMALL GROUP AGREES TEXT; PLENARY SET TO MEET AT 8:00 AM BALI TIME

The small group of ministers and high-level officials has reportedly brokered a deal just after 2:00 am local time. The text would start a Bali roadmap leading to a post-2012 agreement in Copenhagen in 2009. The roadmap would include a “twin-track” process under the Convention and the Protocol.
However, the deal still needs to be considered by all parties in plenary starting at 8:00 am tomorrow.

Photo: German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel followed by the press as he leaves the meeting room.
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The delegation of the European Community.

The upshot from this drama was that the Bush legacy would have been completely destroyed by a clear brake with Europe as threatened by the German Minister of the Environment Sigmar Gabriel.

UNFCCC chief, Yvo de Boer, in a answer to a reporter, sometime during that night, a reporter who wanted to know why he said that the discussions made clear progress because everybody realizes that they will lose if the COP collapses without a document, and that there will be an agreement -“Does this include the United States?” He answered – “Exactly the United States.”

And that is it! The US thought once that it can posture at home because it has power overseas – but neigh – those days are over, because Washington is now totally dependent on goodwill from those “overseas” in order to have a modicum of sway with its own citizens.

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