Took place from in 8-19 July 1996. Was a ‘way point’ in the meetings of the Ad hoc Group on the Berlin Mandate, leading to an agreed deal for COP 3. Notable for the US having modified its opposition to emissions targets (Clinton needed to get re-elected).
As wikipedia says –
Its Ministerial Declaration was noted (but not adopted) on July 18, 1996, and reflected a U.S. position statement presented by Timothy Wirth, former Under Secretary for Global Affairs for the U.S. State Department at that meeting, which:
Accepted the scientific findings on climate change proffered by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its second assessment (1995);
Rejected uniform “harmonized policies” in favor of flexibility;
Called for “legally binding mid-term targets”.
Australia’s position, action:
CFMEU there (according to an E-Coal article), along with AIGN, I presume. Pushing the case for Australian exceptionalism, probably wandering about with ABARE/MEGABARE numbers… Aussies pissed off that US had shifted, because it left them isolated (making common cause with OPEC countries and Nigeria)
Macdonald, Matt. 2005a. Fair Weather Friend? Ethics and Australia’s Approach to Climate Change. Australian Journal of Politics and History 51 (2): 216–234.
The Minister for the Environment, Senator Hill, told the summit Australia believed it would be premature “to identify a particular point at which greenhouse gas concentrations might constitute dangerous human interference”. “We believe that neither the science nor the assessment of impacts are yet sufficiently advanced to nominate a specific level,” he said.
Gordon, M. 1996. Howard stands firm on mandatory gas targets. The Australian, 19 July, p.4