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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.

Delegates gather for the first day of the Bonn Climate Change Conference

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

Members of the Secretariat discuss matters before the start of SBSTA plenary


Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) Plenary


View of the dais during the SBSTA plenary


Gebru Jember, Ethiopia, speaking on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

SBSTA Chair Carlos Fuller, Belize


Abdullahi Majeed, Maldives, speaking on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)

Oleg Shamanov, Russian Federation

Ayman Shasly, Saudi Arabia



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

Carola Iñiguez, Ecuador, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China

Harry Vreuls, EU


Rita Mishaan, Guatemala

Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo


Massoud Rezvanian Rahaghi, Iran

Prerna Bozman, Third World Network, Environmental NGOs

Kate Cahoon, Women and Gender



Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) Plenary


View of the dais during the SBI plenary


SBI Chair Tomasz Chruszczow, Poland

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

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa


Mohamed Nasr, Egypt

Adérito Manuel Fernandes Santana, São Tome and Príncipe, reporting on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG)

Felipe Ferreira, Brazil



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


View of the dais during the APA plenary


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

Franz Perrez, Switzerland, speaking on behalf of the EIG


Chen Zhihua, China, speaking on behalf of Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC)

Hussein Alfa Nafo, Mali, speaking on behalf of the African Group

Marcia Levaggi, Argentina, speaking on behalf of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay


Patrick Suckling, Australia, on behalf of the Umbrella Group

Mehmet Emin Birpınar, Turkey


Sven Harmeling, Climate Action Network (CAN) International, Environmental NGOs

Jonas Haller, Youth NGOs

Gunnar Steinsholt, Trade Union NGOs



Roundtable Discussions among Parties in Relation to Article 6 of the Paris Agreement


Amy Steen, UNFCCC Secretariat; SBSTA Chair Carlos Fuller; Co-Facilitator Hugh Sealy, Maldives; and Co-Facilitator Kelley Kizzier, EU


Delegates participate in roundtable discussions




Technical Expert Meeting (TEM) on Mitigation


(L-R) Manuel Araujo, Mayor, Quelimane, Mozambique; Nick Nuttal, UNFCCC Spokesperson; Martin Frick, Director, Climate and Energy Division, FAO; Toby Hedger, UNFCCC Secretariat; and Victoria Novikova, UNFCCC Secretariat


Krishna Chandra Paudel, Nepal

Simone Lovera, Global Forest Coalition


Alberto Saldamando, Indigenous Environmental Network

Nick Nuttall, UNFCCC Secretariat

Ramamurthi Sreedhar, Environics Trust



Around the Venue



Delegates between sessions


SBI Chair Tomasz Chruszczow, Poland (right)

Aziz Mekouar, Morocco, COP 22 / CMP 12 Presidency


Delegates watch proceedings from the balcony


Delegates from Nepal

Kishan Kumarsingh, Trinidad and Tobago, speaks with delegates


Ayman Shasly, Saudi Arabia, speaks with Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo






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).