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Bonn Climate Change Conference - May 2017

8-18 May 2017 | Bonn, Germany

Highlights for Thursday, 18 May 2017

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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

The Bonn Climate Change Conference met for its final day on Thursday, 18 May. In the morning, the closing plenary for the forty-sixth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 46) convened and suspended. The SBSTA gaveled to a close at 7:54pm.

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.

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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


High-Level Meetings with the Prime Minister of Fiji


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


Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Fiji, and incoming COP 23 / CMP 13 President

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa 


A roundtable discussion is held with the Prime Minister of Fiji and the COP 22 / CMP 12 Presidency


Inia Seruiratu, Minister of Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, and High-Level Climate Champion, Fiji; and Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Fiji, and incoming COP 23 / CMP 13 President

Nazhat Shameem Khan, Fiji, incoming COP 23 / CMP 13 Presidency; Aziz Mekouar, Morocco, COP 22 / CMP 12 Presidency; and Hamza Tber, Morocco COP 22 / CMP 12 Presidency



Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) Plenary


View of the dais during the SBSTA closing plenary


SBSTA Chair Carlos Fuller, Belize

Victor Kabengele Wa Kadilu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo


Jesus Guerra Bell, Cuba, speaking on behalf of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA)

Juan Carlos Arredondo Brun, Mexico, speaking on behalf of the Environmental Integrity Group (EIG)

Abdullah K. Tawlah, Saudi Arabia


Catherine Stewart, Canada

Kay Harrison, New Zealand



Marilyn Averill, Research and Independent NGOs (RINGOs)

Côme Girschig, Youth NGOs (YOUNGOs)

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Indigenous Peoples


Deborah Mugerwa Nalwanga, Women and Gender

Eddy Pérez, Climate Action Network (CAN), speaking on behalf of Environmental NGOs (ENGOs)

Rachel Kennerley, Friends of the Earth International, speaking on behalf of ENGOs



Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) Closing Plenary


Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Fiji, arrives at the plenary


Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Fiji

SBI Chair Tomasz Chruszczow, Poland


View of the dais during the SBI plenary


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

Trigg Talley, US

Oleg Shamanov, Russian Federation


Mamadou Honadia, Burkino Faso

Ghalia Benziouche, Algeria

Mohamed Nasr, Egypt


Delegates huddle to discuss a way forward with SBI conclusions


Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) Closing Plenary


The draft APA negotiating text is distributed to delegates



Delegates from the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)

SBSTA Chair Carlos Fuller, Belize, and Kishan Kumarsingh, Trinidad and Tobago



APA Co-Chair Jo Tyndall, New Zealand

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


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

Henrik Eriksen, Norway

Nicole Wilke, EU


Amjad Abdulla, Maldives

Reinaldo Salgado, Brazil

Franz Perrez, Switzerland, speaking on behalf of the EIG



Around the Venue


Delegates from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay


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

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Fiji, and incoming COP 23 / CMP 13 President


Horacio Peluffo, UNFCCC Secretariat; Aziz Mekouar, Morocco, COP 22 / CMP 12 Presidency; and Hamza Tber, Morocco, COP 22 / CMP 12 Presidency


Delegates from South Sudan

Delegates from Botswana


Delegates from Sudan

Delegates from The Gambia


Chebet Maikut, Uganda

Collin Beck, Solomon Islands



Delegates speak informally



The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) team covering the negotiations: Claudia Friedrich, Germany; Aaron Cosbey, Canada; Rishikesh Ram Bhandary, Nepal/US; Annelies Van Gaalen, South Africa; Jen Allan, Canada; Alice Bisiaux, France/Spain; Mari Luomi, Finland/UAE; Beate Antonich, Germany/US; and Kiara Worth, South Africa




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
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia EU Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea of Italy

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).