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IWC 2006: Live blogging - Day 1 (after lunch)

[02:30 JST] The meeting has broken for lunch after an initial vote requested by Japan failed to gain the necessary support. The vote was 30-32 against, but it's likely that some floating votes were added to the anti-whaling bloc in this instance. Back later :-)

[02:57 JST] Previously today, Sir Geoff Palmer made some comments regarding the competence of the IWC to manage small cetaceans. He refered to Agenda 21, Chapter 17 in support of his argument. The interesting thing about this is that his argument says that if one document says the IWC has competence, then the IWC has competence. This sets a dangerous precedent. It should be wholly up to the IWC to determine whether or not small cetaceans are in it's competence. If this is not the case, it means it is possible for members of one international agreement to change the meaning of another international agreement, without gaining consent of the signatories to that agreement. That would clearly be an anomalous situation. Another 20 - 30 minutes to go before the resumption. We'll have another 2 and a half hours of proceedings for today, with the delegates having a reception to attend after 5 pm local time.

[03:08 JST] One of the more amusing moments from the proceedings so far today, besides watching Henrik Fischer fume over time wasting, was during the initial vote. The procedure is that Dr Nicky Grandy of the IWC secretariat calls out each nations name, asking for them to vote either "yes" or "no". Nicky Grandy then repeats either "yes" or "no", then calls the next nations. In the middle of the voting, after one of the "no" nations had voted, and Nicky Grandy repeated "no", she called Benin, who's delegate was seemingly confused by the mesmerising repetition of "no", "no", "no", and called out "nno... YES! YES!" Although it put a smile on everyone's face, the Highnorth Alliance noted the possibility of votes being lost this way through the voting procedure. One wonders whether Belize didn't accidently cast their vote for the anti-whaling nations, in which case the vote would have been tied at 31-31.

[03:33 JST] Back under way again, but dealing with some less interesting procedural stuff here... (Agenda item 24 - F & A committee, Agenda item 25 - Future annual meetings)

[03:45 JST] Problems with Chile's video presentation on their future meeting, and in the meantime they've moved on to the secret ballot proposal from Japan. Japan is explaining the provision again. They are clarifying that secret ballots would only be used when requested. Details of harassment of smaller nations at the IWC is being detailed. Joji Morishita notes that some nations vote for sustainable use in other international forums, but vote against sustainable use of whales at the IWC. Japan feels that there may be pressure on these nations that makes them voted inconsistently in international forums. Other international forums also have secret ballot provisions. Japan is requesting consensus, but will call for a vote if it can not obtain it.

[03:54 JST] New Zealand is restating it's position on the matter. Lots of veiled attacks on Japan there. Fifteen other nations are wishing to speak on the proposal. Henrik Fischer is limiting the rest of the speakers to 1 minute each. Let's hope so!

Interesting really. When people talk about Freedom of Speech, they talk of defending the right of others to say what they wish, even though they may not agree. At the IWC, the situation is that anti-whaling interests threaten nations that say they support sustainable use.

[04:17 JST] Secret Ballots fail by 33-30, with 1 abstention! Belize again voted with the anti-whaling bloc, so it seems that their previous vote was no mistake.
In this vote, the Solomon Islands abstained, again losing another vote for the sustainable use groups. Denmark sided with the anti-whaling nations on this issue. St Kitts spoke very strongly in favour of the proposal, but to no avail. The nations against secret ballots spoke of how they were not afraid to have their votes known, but none of them addressed the concerns of small vulnerable nations who have been accused of taking bribes, and suffered threats of economic boycotts.

And with that they break again. Back in another 40 minutes...

[04:28 JST] Whale Stocks, the fifth item on the agenda will be coming up from 16:00 local time. And here in Japan, it has started to get light outside.

[04:41 JST] The IWMC has two editions of it's Conservation Tribune online now.

[04:58 JST] I'm struggling to stay awake now, so blogging is likely going to tail off at some point during this last hour of the day. For some reason the issue of interference with research has not been taken up yet, I'm not sure why this is. Just about ready to get started again. School teacher Fischer told the delegates to be back in their seats bang on the hour.

[10:52 JST] I've just listened to the press conference held by the Japanese, which covered the rest of the proceedings. Apparently the Scientific Committee was unable to provide an updated estimate for the Southern Ocean minke, once again. I did not catch the details for the Humpbacks either. In the political area, apparently Togo has also had it's voting rights restored now, along with The Gambia, so although Japan's agenda revision and secret ballot proposals were both voted down today, the remainder of the votes this meeting will all be very tight. Interesting is that Belize has voted with the anti-whaling bloc on both proposals. This comes despite allegations from some anti-whaling NGOs that Japan had "bought" Belize's vote.

[11:02 JST] Chris Carter has told newstalkzb that he understands that Senegal (not present in today's voting) is due to arrive in time for tomorrow's proceedings.

[12:18 JST] The e-kujira site has the pre-meeting press conference with Joji Morishita, in English (real format). He stresses that Japan's goal for the plenary is to make some progress towards "normalization" of the IWC, noting that despite 14 years and 45 meetings, the IWC was making no progress towards an RMS. He rejects allegations of vote buying, noting that nations such as Brazil receive huge amounts of aid from Japan, and that Japan is the number one donor for some of these nations, yet they vote against Japan at the IWC. They should have been voting with Japan for years by now if vote buying was going on.

Here we are : secret ballots.

This is maybe one of the most important isuse, in my opinion.

Let's see which way it will go. ;)
You have elections in NZ, haven't you?
Is it secret ballots or anybody can know whom you're voting for?
The call for transparency from the NZ delegation is not convincing...but that's not a surprise.
I agree Isanatori, This is one of the crucial votes that may very well decide how the rest of the meeting goes...
Actually they should decide this issue on secret ballots...don't you think?

NZ, Australia, USA and other like-minded countries should explain that from now there won't be any secret ballots for national elections...just for more transparency, of course.
The big man from St Kitts & Nevis is speaking. This guy is great!
Make him chair of the IWC!
What Gabon is saying almost the same as St Kitts & Nevis, speaking about hypocrisy from like-minded nations and threats from anti-whaling NGOs.
isanatori said...
The big man from St Kitts & Nevis is speaking. This guy is great!
Make him chair of the IWC!

Quite agree .. you have to love how he tore into NZ- US - etc etc

and now Gambia´s voting rights have been restored ... this is going to be the crunch vote
33 to 30. This one is also rejected...
I have a basd feeling about this reunion.
Indeed, at the meeting last year the same proposal was rejected by 33-30.
Come on! Let's scrap that Chilean presentation! Who cares about?!
Absolutely... I'm seriously just about asleep here, and want to hear the Whale Stocks agenda item discussion before I finally nod off... booo Chile... boooo
Togo has had its voting right reinstated. Do you think Japan may ask to vote again on secret ballots before the end of the reunion?
I'm not sure of the rules, but I think it isn't possible to hold a vote on the same thing twice at one meeting. In previous years the pro-whaling nations have tried to delay such votes to later in the meeting when some nations were still not present.
Davis-san & Isanatori-san

Good evening!

David-san,thank you for your real-time report.It is very easy to for me understand how the IWC is going on.
(-: Ganbatte!

Jyoji Morishita said any country should decide for itself as to the issues given by IWC .

However,personally I have the very mixed feeing to see the South
America countries gain much ODA from Japan.

Some of them are the Anti-whaling ones ;Brasil,Chile,Mexico and Panama.


The amount is very enormous.
Besides the ODA,they also gain the technology supports by our country.

Though I do not want our government to stop the ODA and Japan should do if needed ,they should give us something in return.At least,they should be neutral!

We do not afford to give any ODA in free of charge.In this point, our government lacks the sense of tactics.

Oh...the crazy makes another laugter.


>Farley Mowat,the flagship of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, managed to escape South African detention
today under the cover of night.
The South African authorities insisted upon commercial certificates
for the Farley Mowat which is registered as a yacht.
According to SAMSA bureaucrat Saleem Modak,
Sea Shepherd’s interfering with the illegal slaughter of whales is a commercial activity.
Since the Farley Mowat is not registered as a commercial ship the production of commercial certificates presented a
catch-22 situation that could not be resolved. <

Commercial activity??????????????????????????

>A couple of member nations did not show up for the meetings. Israel joined the IWC as a pro-whale
conservation vote and some members leaning towards Japan have been swayed by their own citizens who lean in favor
of the whales over the bribes of the whalers.<

The crazy makes another the crazy mistake? Israel=pro-whale?????

>Japan’s failure to control the IWC keeps the legal credibility for our intervention solidly in our court.
Once again, we will be hunting criminal whalers in Antarctic waters.”<

Oh...Which is the criminal?
Please stop the comedy.
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