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Bonn Climate Change Conference - May 2016

16-26 May 2016 | Bonn, Germany

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres bids farewell
to delegates attending the Bonn Climate Change Conference

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Within the venue of the Bonn World Conference Center


Thursday, 26 May 2016

On Thursday, the Bonn Climate Change Conference concluded. The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) held closing plenaries in the morning and evening. A special joint plenary was held to thank UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres for her service, with all present congratulating her, including in song, for her leadership culminating in the Paris Agreement. In response, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Figueres thanked everyone, saying that she has “had the enormous privilege to be at your side as you made history.” In the afternoon and evening, the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) held their closing plenaries.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary and analysis report from the Bonn Climate Change Conference - May 2016. Please return to this site on Sunday, 29 May 2016 for the summary and analysis report.
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Delegates during the APA consultations


UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres

Incoming UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa


Members of civil society sing 'Climate Queen,' a farewell song dedicated to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

On Wednesday, the Bonn Climate Change Conference continued with the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) meeting in open-ended informal consultations in the morning. A Technical Expert Meeting (TEM) on effective policy frameworks and institutional arrangements for adaptation planning and implementation took place in the morning and early afternoon. In the afternoon, the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) held the first part of its closing plenary. Contact groups and informal consultations under the SBI and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) convened throughout the day.

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Delegates in the APA consultations


Trigg Talley, US

Amjad Abdulla, Maldives, speaking
on behalf of AOSIS

Birama Diarra, Mali, speaking on
behalf of the African Group


Members of civil society participate in a sporting stunt urging negotiators to 'score a long-term goal of 1.5°C'


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

On Tuesday, the Bonn Climate Change Conference continued with the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) meeting in open-ended informal consultations throughout the day. The first ever Technical Expert Meeting (TEM) on adaptation convened in the morning and afternoon, to discuss enhancing the implementation of adaptation action. Informal consultations under the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) met throughout the day.

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Delegates attend the APA informal session throughout the day


Alaa Aljahdali, Saudi Arabia, speaking on behalf of the Arab Group

Stephen Walter, New Zealand

Fatuma Hussein, Kenya, speaking on behalf of the African Group


View of the dais during the opening panel


Monday, 23 May 2016

On Monday, the Bonn Climate Change Conference continued with substantive work under all three subsidiary bodies. In the morning, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) agreed to its organization of work, and started discussions on its substantive items in a contact group that met throughout the day. An in-session workshop on agriculture, and a Technical Expert Meeting (TEM) on mitigation through shifting to more efficient public transport and increasing vehicles’ energy efficiency met in the morning and afternoon. Informal consultations under the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) convened throughout the day.

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Opening panel for the Technical Expert Meeting


APA Co-Chair Jo Tyndall, New Zealand

APA Co-Chair Sarah Baashan, Saudi Arabia


Andrea Guerrero, Colombia, speaking on behalf of the Independent Alliance of Latin America and the Carribean (AILAC)

Norbert Bärlocher, Switzerland

María del Pilar Bueno, Argentina



Saturday, 21 May 2016

On Saturday, the Bonn Climate Change Conference continued with many informal consultations under the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) held informal consultations on its mode of work. In-session workshops on the linkages between the Technology Mechanism and the Financial Mechanism, and the facilitative sharing of views (FSV) under the international consultation and analysis (ICA) process also convened in the morning. At lunch, a stocktaking event convened to ensure coherence and comprehensiveness in implementation post-Paris.

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View of the dais during the stocktaking event


Ségolène Royal, COP 21/CMP 11 President

Hakima El Haité, COP 22/CMP 12 Presidency



Friday, 20 May 2016

On Friday, the Bonn Climate Change Conference continued with several informal consultations meeting on issues under the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI). Three events convened throughout the day: the fifth meeting of the Durban Forum on capacity-building; the facilitative sharing of views (FSV) under the international consultation and analysis (ICA) process; and the Technical Expert Meeting (TEM) on mitigation (social and economic value of carbon).

In the afternoon, the SBI and Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) held plenaries to discuss their agendas, and the SBSTA plenary convened to hear views on emissions from international aviation and maritime transport. A SBSTA contact group on modalities for the accounting of financial resources provided and mobilized through public interventions in accordance with Article 9.7 (accounting modalities) of the Paris Agreement also met in the afternoon.

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View of the dais during the SBI/SBSTA Technical Expert Meeting on Mitigation


Herwig Ranner, EU

Buddhisrilal Bandara Marambe, Sri Lanka

Huy Pham Quang, Viet Nam



Thursday, 19 May 2016

On Thursday, the Bonn Climate Change Conference continued with a workshop on gender-responsive climate policy. In the afternoon, the Fourth Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment and the Eighth Research Dialogue were held. Throughout the day, several informal consultations convened under the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI). In the afternoon, informal consultations on the agenda for the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) convened.

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Delegates gather for the SBI workshop on gender-responsive climate policy


UNFCCC Executive Secretary
Christiana Figueres

Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, Lord Mayor of the City of Bonn, Germany

SBI Chair Tomasz Chruszczow, Poland


Participants engage in a poster session as part of the SBSTA research dialogue


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The Bonn Climate Change Conference continued Wednesday with a workshop on gender-responsive climate policy convening in the morning. An event on the outcomes of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) met during lunch. In the afternoon, delegates attended a special event on how the assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) can inform the global stocktake and the Fourth Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment. An informal consultation on the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) agenda and organization of work also met in the afternoon. Throughout the day, several contact groups and informal consultations under the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), as well as a workshop on long-term finance convened.

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L-R: SBSTA Chair Carlos Fuller, Belize; Hoesung Lee, IPCC Chair; Halldór Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Director for Strategy; and Florin Vladu, Adaptation Programme Manager, UNFCCC


Sylvie Lemmet, Ministry of Ecology,
Sustainable Development
and Energy, France

Halldór Thorgeirsson,
UNFCCC Director for Strategy

Angela Churie-Kallhauge, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)



Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Tuesday morning with the opening of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) and a Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) informal consultation. In the afternoon, several contact groups and informal consultations under the SBSTA and Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) convened. The SBI and SBSTA plenaries resumed to hear opening statements and consider outstanding agenda items. A SBSTA workshop on types of revegetation activities potentially eligible as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project activities also took place in the afternoon.

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Richard Kinley, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, and Laurence Tubiana, COP 21/CMP 11 Presidency, applaud the election of the new APA Co-Chairs


APA Co-Chair Sarah Baashan, Saudi Arabia

APA Co-Chair Jo Tyndall, New Zealand

Laurence Tubiana, COP 21/
CMP 11 Presidency


Delegates gather in the foyer before the start of plenary


Monday, 16 May 2016

The Bonn Climate Change Conference opened on Monday. In the morning, COP 21/CMP 11 President Ségolène Royal, France, opened the session, calling on negotiators to become “builders” working from the foundation laid by the Paris Agreement. This sentiment was echoed by UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, who received a standing ovation in gratitude for her service. After opening statements, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) opening plenary took place.

In the afternoon, the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) opening plenary convened, where parties, after some debate, adopted the agenda, pending further discussions on an agenda item on the registry of nationally determined contributions referred to in Article 4, paragraph 12 of the Paris Agreement. After opening several agenda items, the SBI suspended and the SBSTA opening reconvened. A SBSTA contact group, SBSTA and SBI informal consultations, and an in-session workshop on exploring financing and the use of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) by international climate finance institutions also convened in the afternoon.

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Panelists during the opening plenary (L-R): Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Morocco, and COP 22/CMP 12 President-Designate; UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres; Ségolène Royal, COP 21/CMP 11 President; June Budhooram, COP Secretary; and SBSTA Chair Carlos Fuller, Belize


UNFCCC Executive Secretary
Christiana Figueres

Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Morocco, and
COP 22/CMP 12 President-Designate

Ségolène Royal, COP 21/CMP 11 President


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

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




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