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Statement by the U.S. Delegation

Buenos Aires, Argentina
December 6, 2004

Proposed Agenda Item 8 – "Inputs from the Conference of the Parties to other intergovernmental meetings"

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

We question the inclusion of item 8--on our agenda for this session. Background provided in the provisional annotated agenda indicates that the 57th session of the General Assembly requested UN bodies, specialized agencies, other relevant intergovernmental agencies and organizations to participate actively in the 10-year review of progress in implementing the Barbados Programme of Action. It also indicates that the 58th session of the General Assembly requested these agencies and organizations to participate actively in the World Conference on Disaster Reduction. My government and many others here are doing just that--we are participating actively in these important efforts, which currently include texts that have been and continue to be the subject of active negotiation among the participants in those efforts.

The suggestion that the COP be invited to decide whether it wishes to provide input to the Mauritius and Kobe meetings could open up another negotiating forum and lead both to confusion and inconsistent results. It could also create a precedent for future meetings.

The provisional annotated agenda also notes that the 11th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development invited UN agencies, within their mandates, to inform it of their activities designed to further the implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. In our view, this invitation is different from the two requests previously mentioned in that the invitation is for information on Convention activities, the kind of invitation that would normally be met by the COP President appearing at the CSD and delivering a factual report.

We thus question whether it is useful for the COP to engage in a prolonged discussion of the provision of guidance on the process to be adopted for providing input to the Commission on Sustainable Development. We recall that in Marrakesh at COP-7, we spent a great deal of time negotiating input into the World Summit on Sustainable Development, but ended up simply asking the COP President to participate in the WSSD.

For these reasons, we urge that items 8(a) and 8(b) be deleted from our agenda, and that the action proposed in item 8(c) be changed to urge the COP President to participate in the relevant sessions of the CSD to inform it, within the Convention’s mandate, of the relevant activities. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.


Released on December 6, 2004

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