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Resources for the Future COP 9 Activities
December 9-12, 2003
Milan, Italy
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In cooperation with:
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
Ministry for the Environment and Territory
MIT Global Change Forum
Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

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After COP 9 – What Are the Next Steps?

Thursday, December 11, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

FEEM and RFF side event hosted at FEEM headquarters in Milan.

Chairs:
Alessandro Lanza, FEEM
Richard Morgenstern, Resources for the Future

Participants:
John Ashton, LEAD International Fatih Birol, International Energy Agency/OECD, Paris
Corrado Clini, Ministero dell Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio, Italy
Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S (invited)
Jürgen Lefevere, European Commission, DG Environment
Frank Loy, Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, Resources for the Future, US
Laurence Tubiana, Institut du Developpement Durable et des Relations Internationales (IDDRI)

Description:
This side event on the final day of COP 9 intends to draw the first conclusions on the success of the climate talks in Milan and to highlight the key priorities needed to develop a Post-2012 policy architecture. Leading science and policy experts will discuss possible implications and open issues in order to identify the next steps on the climate policy agenda. Short-term issues regarding the first commitment period will be analysed, while on the other hand the experts will give their views on climate policy in the medium and longer run, identifying the priorities for a successful long-term approach.

In particular, the attitude of three major players during the negotiations will be analyzed: Russia, the US and developing countries. Given Russia’s importance for the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, its position and the possible indications by its delegates at COP 9 could play a major role in outlining the road map for the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. Furthermore, the standpoints of the US and the developing countries are important for the preparation of an effective long-term approach to climate change control beyond the first commitment period. In this context, it is crucial to verify whether progress has been made since COP 8, i.e. whether a dialogue between developed and developing countries has been activated and whether the US is willing to constructively contribute to such a dialogue.

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