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Fiji / Bonn Climate Change Conference 2017

6-19 November 2017 | Bonn, Germany

Summary Highlights, 6 - 17 November 2017

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Frank Bainimarama, COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1-2 President, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, and Marcela Main Sancha, Secretary to the COP/CMP, consult in the final hours of negotiations

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A member of civil society calls for an end to fossil fuels

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A traditional Fijian canoe on display in the venue


Highlights for Friday, 17 November 2017

The Fiji / Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Thursday. In the morning, the closing plenaries of Conference of the Parties (COP) and Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) began, and then suspended to allow more time for consultations. Throughout the afternoon, delegates met in bilateral, group, and heads of delegation consultations to discuss the Talanoa Dialogue, Adaptation Fund, and a proposal regarding modalities for Paris Agreement Article 9.5 (ex ante finance transparency), among other issues. These consultations were continuing at 7:30 pm.

** 1:00 am - The APA has yet to reconvene. Consultations continue.

** 1:05 am - The CMP resumes its closing plenary.

** 1:14 am - CMP adjourned. COP opened.

** 1:39 am - COP adjourned.

** 2:10 am - The APA plenary resumes.

** 2:37 am - The APA suspends its session. The COP will resume shortly.

** 4:32 am - The CMP resumes.

** 4:36 am - The CMP adjourned. COP opened.

** 5:08 am - The COP adjourned. CMA opened.

** 5:11 am - CMA adjourns. A joint COP/CMP/CMA plenary opens to hear closing statements.

** 6:56 am - COP 23 gaveled to a close.

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Jochen Flasbarth, Germany

Jan Szyszko, Minister of Environment, Poland, and incoming COP 24/ CMP 14/ CMA1-3

Julia Wolf, Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO)


Frank Bainimarama, COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1-2 President

Nazhat Shameem Khan, COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1-2 Presidency

Marcela Main Sancha, Secretary to the COP/CMP


In a demonstration outside the venue, members of civil society call on governments to transform energy systems, keep global temperatures below 1.5C, and ensure climate justice for affected people


Highlights for Thursday, 16 November 2017

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Members of the Environmental Integrity Group (EIG) welcome Georgia as a new member


Members of the Environmental Integrity Group (EIG) welcome Georgia as a new member


Helmut Hojesky, Austria, COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1-2 Vice-President, and Andrä Rupprechter, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria, support the 'Green Footprints' initiative aimed at increasing the participation of children in climate change action

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa congratulates the 'green footprints' team on their efforts


Members of the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) highlight the health concerns linked to climate change, saying the situation is a matter of 'life or death'


Highlights for Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Fiji / Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Wednesday. Contact groups and informal consultations under the Conference of the Parties (COP) and Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) met throughout the day. In the morning, the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) resumed and completed their closing plenaries.

The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) opening plenary began in the morning, suspended for the afternoon to provide time for further consultations, and resumed, and again suspended, in the evening.

The joint-high level segment opened in the afternoon, with a speech from 12-year old Fijian Timoci Naulusala, who reminded delegates that “it’s not about how, or who, but it’s about what you can do as an individual.”

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres


Timoci Naulusala, Fiji

Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany


President Emmanuel Macron, France



Highlights for Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Fiji / Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Monday. Contact groups and informal consultations under the Conference of the Parties (COP), Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) met in the morning and afternoon. In the evening, the APA contact group met to consider all its substantive agenda items, and the closing plenaries of the SBI and SBSTA met, adopting several conclusions and decisions.

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Delegates huddle during informal consultations on matters relating to the global stocktake (APA agenda item 6)


Members of the Secretariat hand out the draft APA conclusions


Delegates from Costa Rica and Argentina

Delegates from Switzerland and Georgia


View of the dais during the SBI and SBSTA joint closing plenary


Representatives of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service demonstrate against the use of nuclear energy, saying it is not a solution to combating climate change


Highlights for Monday, 13 November 2017

The Fiji / Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Monday. Contact groups and informal consultations under the Conference of the Parties (COP), Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) met throughout the day.

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Jerry Brown, Governor of California, US

Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse


View of the dais during the session


APA Co-Chairs Sarah Baashan, Saudi Arabia, and Jo Tyndall, New Zealand

SBSTA Chair Carlos Fuller, Belize


Photograph of the late Tony De Brum, former climate Ambassador of the Marshall Islands and founder of the High Ambition Coalition


Highlights for Saturday, 11 November 2017

The Fiji / Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Saturday. Contact groups and informal consultations under the Conference of the Parties (COP), Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) met throughout the day. In the afternoon, the COP Presidency held an informal stocktaking plenary to hear updates from all subsidiary bodies.

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Delegates celebrate the agreement of draft conclusions in the SBI informal consultations on ways of enhancing the implementation of education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information to enhance actions under the Paris Agreement


Frank Bainimarama, COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1-2 President

APA Co-Chairs Jo Tyndall, New Zealand, and Sarah Baashan, Saudi Arabia


Sergey Kononov, APA Coordinator

SBI Chair Tomasz Chruszczow, Poland

SBSTA Chair Carlos Fuller, Belize


Delegates huddle during the informal consultations on further guidance in relation to the mitigation section of the Paris outcome (APA agenda item 3)


Highlights for Friday, 10 November 2017

The Fiji / Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Friday. In the morning, the facilitative sharing of views convened, followed by the multilateral assessment in the afternoon. Contact groups and informal consultations under the Conference of the Parties (COP), Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA), met throughout the day.

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SBSTA informal consultations on the local communities and indigenous peoples platform


View of the dais during the session


Informal consultations on APA agenda item 4, further guidance on adaptation communication



Highlights for Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Fiji / Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Thursday. Contact groups and informal consultations under the Conference of the Parties (COP), Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) met throughout the day. In the afternoon, the APA held a stocktake to hear reports from work under all its agenda items.

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SBI informal consultations on a public registry referred to in Paris Agreement Article 7.12 (adaptation communication)


Delegates gather for the APA Stocktake


Beth Lavender, Canada, Co-Facilitator for APA agenda item 4 - adaptation communication

Richard Muyungi, Tanzania, Co-Facilitator for APA agenda item 6 - global stocktake

Gertraud Wollansky, Austria, Co-Facilitator for APA agenda item 3 - mitigation section


Members of civil society demonstrate outside the venue, calling for an end to the funding of fossil fuels


Highlights for Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The Fiji / Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Wednesday. In the morning, the Presidency convened an open dialogue among NGO constituency representatives and parties, and a technical workshop on ways to increase the efficiency and transparency of the budget process met. Informal consultations under the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) throughout the day.

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View of the room during the session


Frank Bainimarama, COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1-2 President

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa


Ceris Jones, Farmers

Juan Carlos Arredondo Brun, Mexico

Yungratna Srivastava, Youth NGOs (YOUNGOs)


Informal consultations on APA agenda item 3, further guidance in relation to the mitigation section of the Paris outcome



Highlights for Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The Fiji / Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Tuesday. In the morning, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) resumed its first session in an opening plenary, and met in a contact group for all substantive agenda items. The plenaries for the Conference of the Parties (COP) and Conference of the Parties Serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) resumed in the afternoon. Throughout the day, the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) contact groups and informal consultations and APA informal consultations convened.

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Delegates gather for the APA opening plenary


APA Co-Chairs Jo Tyndall, New Zealand, and Sarah Baashan, Saudi Arabia

Helmut Hojesky, Austria, COP 23 Vice-President


Walter Schuldt Espinel, Ecuador, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China

Franz Perrez, Switzerland, speaking on behalf of the Environmental Integrity Group (EIG)

Patrick Suckling, Australia, on behalf of the Umbrella Group


Delegates during the APA contact group


Highlights for Monday, 6 November 2016

The Fiji / Bonn Climate Change Conference opened in Bonn, Germany. In the morning, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Fiji, was elected COP 23 President by acclamation. He then presided over a traditional Fijian ceremony, the Qaloqalovi, which included the presentation of a Tabua, the tooth of a sperm whale. During the opening ceremony, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa called on parties to act with urgency, saying “right here, right now is where we begin.”

The opening plenaries of the Conference of the Parties (COP), Conference of the Parties Serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) and Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA) met during the morning and early afternoon.

In the afternoon, the opening plenaries of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) met in parallel and, later, in a joint plenary. Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) roundtables met on compliance and on further guidance relating to the mitigation section of Decision 1/CP.21 (the Paris outcome) in the afternoon. SBSTA and SBI contact groups and informal consultations also met in the afternoon.

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Delegates gather for the opening of COP 23/CMP/CMA


Frank Bainimarama, COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1-2 President

Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa


Hoesung Lee, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chair

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

Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn, Germany


Representatives from Fiji perform a traditional ceremony, known as the Qaloqalovi, to open the meeting



IISD Reporting Services is grateful to the many donors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) and recognizes the following as core contributors to the ENB: the European Union and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2017 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Switzerland (Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)), and SWAN International. Funding for translation of the Bulletin into French has been provided by the Government of France, Québec, and the International Organization of La Francophonie/Institute for Sustainable Development of La Francophonie (IOF/IFDD).