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Fiji / Bonn Climate Change Conference 2017

6-19 November 2017 | Bonn, Germany

Highlights for Wednesday, 15 November 2017

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Frank Bainimarama, COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1-2 President; UN Secretary-General António Guterres; and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, enter plenary for the opening of the high-level segment

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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In a civil society demonstration, a large puppet of Goddess Kali calls on people to reclaim their power


Opening of the High-Level Segment


Delegates during the high-level segment


Timoci Naulusala, Fiji

Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany


UN Secretary-General António Guterres


Miroslav Lajčák, President, UN General Assembly (UNGA)

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

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President, Federal Republic of Germany


President Emmanuel Macron, France


President Baron Divavesi Waqa, Nauru

President Ali Bongo Ondimba, Gabon, speaking on behalf of Gabon and the African Heads of State Committee on Climate Change

His Royal Highness Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg


President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., Palau

President Issoufou Mahamadou, Niger

President Patrice Talon, Benin




APA Closing Plenary


Members of the Secretariat distribute the draft APA conclusions


Delegates read the text



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

Xolisa Ngwadla, South Africa, speaking on behalf of the African Group


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

Patrick Suckling, Australia, on behalf of the Umbrella Group

Majid Shafie-Pour, Iran, speaking on behalf of the Like-minded Developing Countries (LMDCs)


Delegates huddle during the APA negotiations



SBI Closing Plenary


View of the dais during the SBI closing plenary


SBI Chair Tomasz Chruszczow, Poland

Adão Soares Barbosa, Timor-Leste


Mohammed Al Shamsi, Saudi Arabia

Sidi Mohamed El Wavi, Mauritania


Delegates huddle to consult with the SBI Chair


SBSTA Closing Plenary


View of the dais during the SBSTA closing plenary


Alexander Nakhutin, Russian Federation

SBSTA Chair Carlos Fuller, Belize


Ricardo Manuel Ulate-Chacon, Costa Rica

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Indigenous Peoples

Geert Fremout, EU


Delegates applaud the adoption of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform


Civil Society Demonstrations


In a civil society demonstration outside the venue, puppet figurines representing Goddess Kali and "Corporate Greed" battle, calling on governments to transform energy systems and keep global temperatures below 1.5C




Members of 350.org unfurl a banner in the corridors, calling on delegates to 'keep coal in the ground'



Around the Venue


UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa; President Emmanuel Macron, France; Frank Bainimarama, COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1-2 President; Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany; and UN Secretary-General António Guterres


Timoci Naulusala shows his 'earth outfit' on the podium

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


Delegates from Poland

Carole Dieschbourg, Minister for the Environment, Luxembourg


Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany


President Emmanuel Macron, France


Delegates from Saudi Arabia

Delegates from Monaco


Delegates from Mexico

Babacar Sarr, Senegal



Delegates speak informally

Delegates from Kuwait









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