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Bonn Climate Change Conference - May 2017

8-18 May 2017 | Bonn, Germany

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A view of the Bonn World Conference Center, venue of the Bonn Climate Change Conference - May 2017.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa and Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Fiji, and incoming COP 23 / CMP 13 President

A view of the Bonn World Conference Center, venue of the Bonn Climate Change Conference - May 2017.

Delegates from the LDCs discuss the revised APA text

A view of the Bonn World Conference Center, venue of the Bonn Climate Change Conference - May 2017.

Delegates huddle during the APA contact group as the session continues into the evening


Highlights for Thursday, 18 May 2017

In the afternoon, the forty-sixth session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 46) convened. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, incoming COP 23 President, Fiji, addressed the plenary, underscoring that “those who are most vulnerable must be heard” and stated that COP 23 will forge a coalition to uphold and advance the Paris Agreement. The SBI took several decisions and then suspended. The SBI gaveled to a close at 7:37pm.

In the late afternoon, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-3) contact group met and continued to work into the evening. Saying "the clock is ticking," APA Co-Chair Sarah Baashan (Saudi Arabia) suspended APA 1-3 at 9:29pm.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided digital coverage, daily reports and a summary and analysis report from the Bonn Climate Change Conference - May 2017. Please return to this site on Monday, 22 May 2017 for the summary and analysis.

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A roundtable discussion between the incoming COP 23 / CMP 13 Presidency and the COP 22 / CMP 12 Presidency


Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Fiji

SBI Chair Tomasz Chruszczow, Poland


Bernarditas Muller, Philippines, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China

Trigg Talley, US

Oleg Shamanov, Russian Federation


Delegates huddle to discuss a way forward with SBI conclusions


APA Co-Chair Jo Tyndall, New Zealand

Ian Fry, Ethiopia, speaking on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs)


The draft APA negotiating text is distributed to delegates


Highlights for Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Wednesday, 17 May. Throughout the day, informal consultations and contact groups met to discuss various issues under the forty-sixth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 46) and Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 46), as well as the third part of the first session on the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-3). The APA contact group met in the afternoon and evening.

Throughout the day, mandated events convened. The Technical Expert Meeting on adaptation met all day, focusing on how national adaptation plans can enable linkages between national and subnational development planning processes and strategies. In the afternoon, the multi-stakeholder dialogue on the operationalization of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform continued discussions.

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Delegates huddle to discuss a way forward for the APA


Beth Lavender, Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) Member

Benjamin Karmorh, Environment Protection Agency, Liberia

Sione Fulivai, Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications, Tonga


Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, IIPFCC

Inka Saara Arttijeff, Sámi Parliament, Finland


UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa arrives at the venue


Highlights for Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Tuesday, 16 May. Throughout the day, informal consultations met to discuss various issues under the 46th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 46) and Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 46), as well as the third part of the first session on the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-3).

Throughout the day, mandated events convened. The Technical Expert Meeting on adaptation, focusing on integrating climate adaptation with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Multi-stakeholder dialogue on the operationalization of the local communities and indigenous peoples’ platform met all day. A COP roundtable discussion on the process to identify the information to be provided by parties in accordance with Paris Agreement Article 9.5 convened in the morning, and the 5th Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) Dialogue met in the afternoon to discuss climate change training and international cooperation.

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View of the high-level panel during the opening of the Technical Expert Meeting on adaptation


David Stevens, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Hilary Ogbonna, UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Action Campaign

Tom de Groeve, European Commission


Members of civil society hold a demonstration to raise awareness about the health implications of climate change, advocating for health to be better reflected in the negotiations and included in nationally determined contributions (NDCs)


Carolina Fuentes, the Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Deo Saran, Fiji, incoming COP 23 / CMP 13 Presidency

Milena Gonzalez-Vasquez, the Global Environment Facility (GEF)


APA informal consultations on modalities and procedures to facilitate implementation and promote compliance


Highlights for Monday, 15 May 2017

The Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Monday. Informal consultations met throughout the day to discuss issues under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA), the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).

Among mandated events, the facilitative sharing of views (FSV) and workshop on long-term finance met throughout the day, and the 5th Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) Dialogue met in the afternoon to exchange views on climate education

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View of the morning panel for the workshop on long-term finance


Shuli Nezer, Israel

Amit Garg, India

Phirun Saiyasitpanich, Thailand



Deo Saran, Fiji, incoming COP 23 / CMP 13 Presidency

Adriana Vanezuela, UNFCCC Secretariat

Daniel Schaffer, Foundation for Environmental Education


ACE family photo


Highlights for Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Saturday. Informal consultations met throughout the day to discuss issues under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA), the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). In the afternoon, the APA contact group met to facilitate interaction between parties and representatives of the Adaptation Committee, the LDC Expert Group (LEG), the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). A joint informal plenary of the SBI, SBSTA and APA also convened in the afternoon.

Among mandated events, the multilateral assessment met during the morning and the first meeting of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building met throughout the day.

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View of the dais during the special event


Salaheddine Mezouar, COP 22 / CMP 12 President

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed


UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa

Nazhat Shameem Khan, Fiji, incoming COP 23 / CMP 13 Presidency


UN Security during the event


Highlights for Friday, 12 May 2017

The Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Friday. Informal consultations convened throughout the day to discuss issues under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA), the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). The COP 22 and COP 23 Presidencies met with observers to discuss the 2018 facilitative dialogue in the morning. A joint SBSTA/SBI contact group met on the scope of the next periodic review of the long-term goal under the Convention and of overall progress towards achieving it.

Several mandated events convened, including: Technical Expert Meeting (TEM) on mitigation; Paris Committee on Capacity-building; and multilateral assessment.

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COP 22 and incoming COP 23 Presidencies consult observers on the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue


 Michael Rantil, Chair, TEC

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa and Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France


Matthew Reddy, WBCSD

Martin Frick, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Stella Gama, TEC



Highlights for Thursday, 11 May 2017

The Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Thursday. Informal consultations met throughout the day to discuss issues under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA), the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). The APA contact group met during the afternoon to take stock of progress.

Several mandated events also met, including: an in-session workshop to develop possible elements of the gender action plan under the UNFCCC; two Technical Expert Meetings (TEMs) on mitigation, focusing on attracting private sector investors and business solutions for ambitious mitigation actions in land use and building partnerships to accelerate implementation; and the first meeting of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building.

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Members of the PCCB


APA informal consultations on modalities, procedures and guidelines for the transparency framework


Panel speakers for the TEM on mitigation, focused on attracting private sector investors and business solutions for ambitious mitigation actions in land use


APA family photo


Highlights for Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Wednesday. Informal consultations met throughout the day to discuss issues under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA), the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).

Several mandated events also met, including: an in-session workshop to develop possible elements of the gender action plan under the UNFCCC; two Technical Expert Meetings (TEMs) on mitigation, focusing on agriculture and on forestry and other land use; the 6th meeting of the Durban Forum; the 9th meeting of the research dialogue; and the ad hoc Technical Expert Group on the impact of the implementation of response measures.

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Delegates gather for the in-session workshop to develop possible elements of the gender action plan under the UNFCCC


Lucy Ng’ang’a, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya

Victoria Hatton, Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand

Gustavo Mozzer, Secretariat for International Affairs, Embrapa, Brazil


Zitouni Ould-Dada, UN Environment

Mandy Barnett, South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

Gelila Terrefe, UN Development Programme (UNDP)


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


Highlights for Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The Bonn Climate Change Conference continued Tuesday. In the morning, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) contact group and Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) plenary convened. Contact groups and informal consultations convened throughout the day.

Several mandated events convened throughout the day. Two Technical Expert Meeting (TEMs) on mitigation, focusing on city-level collaboration to achieve emission reductions and sustainable development, and on innovative policy and technology solutions for sustainable urban development. Other mandated events included the meeting of the Technical Expert Group on the impact of the implementation of response measures.

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SBI/Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) contact group on the implementation of response measures


Inia Seruiratu, Minister of Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, and High-Level Climate Champion, Fiji

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa


Kalyani Raj, All India Women’s Conference, Women and Gender

Walter Schuldt-Espinel, Ecuador, on behalf of the Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs)

 Ulrik Lenaerts, EU


A delegate reviews the schedule at the start of the day


Highlights for Monday, 8 May 2017

The Bonn Climate Change Conference opened on Monday, 8 May. During the day, the opening plenaries of the 46th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 46) and Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 46), as well as of the third part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-3) took place. Recalling the “unprecedented and swift” entry into force of the Paris Agreement, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa observed that the political momentum continues and stressed the urgency of the task to ensure the full and transparent implementation of the Agreement.

In the afternoon, a roundtable on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement (cooperative approaches) and a Technical Expert Meeting (TEM) on mitigation, focusing on urban and land use issues, met. Contact groups and informal groups on several items also met in the afternoon.

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View of the dais during the SBSTA plenary


SBI Chair Tomasz Chruszczow, Poland

Nazhat Shameem Khan, Fiji, Incoming COP 23 Presidency

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa


Kare Chawicha, Ethiopia, speaking on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDC)

SBSTA Chair Carlos Fuller, Belize


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

Franz Perrez, Switzerland, speaking on behalf of the EIG



Specific funding for coverage of the Bonn Climate Change Conference - May 2017, has been provided by
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the European Union (EU), and the Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea of Italy
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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), the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, the Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Switzerland (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).