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Marrakech Climate Change Conference - November 2016

7-18 November 2016 | Marrakech, Morocco

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IISD Reporting Services - COP 22 - CMP 12 On Wednesday, 16 November, the UN Climate Change Conference continued in Marrakech, Morocco. The second part of the facilitative dialogue on enhancing ambition and support took place in the morning. In the afternoon, the second biennial high-level ministerial dialogue on climate finance convened.

Throughout the day, contact groups and informal consultations took place under the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), and the joint high-level segment continued. In the afternoon, informals also took place under the COP Presidency on the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1), and under the COP on entry into force of the Paris Agreement and the convening of CMA 1.

In the evening, the CMA plenary convened. Following adjournment of the resumed CMA opening plenary, informal consultations under the CMA continued late into the night. A webcast of the joint high-level segment is available at: http://unfccc.cloud.streamworld.de/webcast/joint-high-level-segment-5th-meeting-of-the-cop-an.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, is providing daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary and analysis report from the Marrakech Climate Change Conference - November 2016.

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High-Level Segment


View of the dais during the high-level segment


Barbara Hendricks, Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Zhenhua Xie, Special Representative on Climate Change Affairs, National Development and Reform Commission, China


Rolando Gabriel De Barros Barreto Acha, Minister of Environment, Paraguay

Marie Roland Alain Wong Yen Cheong, Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development and Disaster and Beach Management, Mauritius

Marlies Amann-Marxer, Minister of Infrastructure, Environment and Sport, Liechtenstein


 José Sarney Filho, Minister of Environment, Brazil

 Sharon Dijksma, Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands



Facilitative Dialogue on Enhancing Ambition and Support


Panelists on the podium during the session


Joydeep Gupta, Moderator

Louise Métivier, Chief Negotiator for Climate Change, Canada


Siti Nurbaya, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia

Ravi Prasad, Joint Secretary on Climate Change, India

Amjad Abdulla, Maldives


Fang Liu, Secretary General, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Lisa Te Heuheu, Civil Society Representative



Informal Consultations and Contact Groups throughout the Day


COP contact group on matters relating to finance: report of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) and review of the functions of the SCF


CMP informal consultations on matters relating to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)

COP informal consultations on linkages between the Technology Mechanism and the Financial Mechanism of the Convention


COP contact group on matters relating to finance: report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the COP and guidance to the GEF


Second Biennial High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Finance


View of the dais during the ministerial dialogue, which was themed 'A multi-stakeholder approach to mobilization and delivery of adaptation finance'


Aziz Mekouar, COP 22/CMP 12 Presidency

Mohamed Boussaid, Minister of Finance and Economy, Morocco


Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly

Moderator Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute

Robert Orr, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change


Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Fiji

 Laura Tuck, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank Group

Ji Xie, Director General, National Development and Reform Commission, China



CMA Plenary


The UNFCCC Secretariat meets on the dais before the start of the session


Salaheddine Mezouar, COP 22/CMP 12 President

Diego Pacheco Balanza, Bolivia, speaking on behalf of the Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs)


UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa

Manasvi Srisodapol, Thailand, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China

Nicole Wilke, EU


Ayman Shasly, Saudi Arabia

Patrick Suckling, Australia, speaking on behalf of the Umbrella Group


Delegates huddle during the session


Civil Society Demonstrations


Members of civil society advocate for renewable energy in Africa



Members of civil society advocate for the right to a stable climate



Using the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projections for the extinction of species, members of civil society question if the human race is also threatened




Around the Venue


John Kerry, US Secretary of State, addresses COP 22 participants and press, underlining the American people's commitment to climate action


Jonathan Pershing, US Special Envoy for Climate Change

Members of the media attend the address


Naoko Ishii, CEO, GEF, launches the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT), a new fund to support developing countries in meeting transparency requirements under the Paris Agreement


Delegates confer between sessions





Nicola Tollin, Executive Director, Program on Urban Resilience RESURBE, speaks with a delegate

Frank Carruet, Belgium, Marek Ziółkowski, Poland, and Lidia Wojtal, Poland


Sergio Bergman, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina, and Soledad Aguilar, Argentina

Adnan Amin, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)


UN Security coordinate throughout the day

A delegate takes notes during a session






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