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Bonn Climate Change Conference - April 2018

30 April - 10 May 2018 | Bonn, Germany

Highlights for Friday, 4 May 2018

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Members of civil society form a human pyramid representing the eight foundational elements of the Paris Agreement

On Friday, negotiations once again focused on the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP), which needs to be finalized by COP 24 in December. A range of topics were taken up during the day, including:

  • the technology framework,
  • issues related to the Adaptation Fund (AF),
  • mitigation, and
  • education, training and public awareness, public participation, and public access to information to enhance actions (ACE).

Negotiating groups also met to discuss various other issues on the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) agendas, including National Adaptation Plans, research and systematic observation, and Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform.

The fifth workshop of facilitative sharing of views (FSV) under the International Consultation and Analysis also took place, along with the meeting of the Paris Committee on Capacity-Building.

For extensive details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily digital coverage, daily reports, daily videos, and a summary and analysis report from the Bonn Climate Change Conference - April/May 2018.

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SBI Facilitative Sharing of Views


Delegates gather for the FSV


Ovais Sarmad, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary

Felipe Osses, Chile


Iniobong Abiola-Awe, Nigeria

Jaivardhan Ramanlal Bhatt, India

Santhosh Manivannan, Singapore


SBI Chair Emmanuel Dlamini, Swaziland

Sawsan Abdalla Ali Obeid Alla, Sudan




Joint APA, SBI, and SBSTA Chairs' dialogue with observer organizations


L-R: Majda Dabaghi, Business and Industry NGOs (BINGOs); APA Co-Chairs Sarah Baashan, Saudi Arabia, and Jo Tyndall, New Zealand; SBI Chair Emmanuel Dlamini, Swaziland; and SBSTA Chair Paul Watkinson, France


Majda Dabaghi, BINGOs

Yunus Arikan, Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMAs)


Ceris Jones, Farmers

Gillian Nelson, Climate Action Network (CAN)

Tracy Bach, Research and Independent NGOs (RINGOs)




Joint SBSTA, SBI, and APA Heads of Delegations Meeting


View of the dais during the meeting


Wael Aboulmagd, Egypt, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China

Juan Angulo, Chile



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

Amjad Abdulla, Maldives, speaking on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)

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


Pei Liang, China


Adão Soares Barbosa, Timor-Leste

Jacob Werksman, EU

Franz Perrez, Switzerland


Rachid Tahiri, Morocco

Tong-q Lee, Republic of Korea



Informal Consultations Throughout the Day


SBSTA informal consultations on research and systematic observation


SBI informal consultation on national adaptation plans


SBI informal consultation on ways of enhancing the implementation of education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information to enhance actions under the Paris Agreement (ACE)


APA informal consultations on Agreement Article 3, mitigation


Civil Society Demonstrations


Members of civil society form a human pyramid representing eight fundamental elements of the Paris Agreement 'rulebook:' human rights, public participation, indigenous people's rights, just transition, gender, food security, ecosystem integrity and protection of biodiversity, and intergenerational equity. They demonstrate that if you remove one block, the entire Agreement will crumble.




Delegates gather to watch the demonstration


Members of civil society hold a poster to raise awareness about the health impacts of climate change


Around the Venue


Telling delegates that the 'fourth' is with them, Hugh Sealy, Maldives, and Kelley Kizzier, EU, brandish a lightsaber to encourage a good negotiating session


Halldór Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Secretariat, Luke Daunivalu, COP 23 Presidency, Fiji, and Franz Perrez, Switzerland

Patrick Rolland and Jessica Astier, Monaco



Delegates from Brazil

Amjad Abdulla, Maldives, and Zaheer Fakir, South Africa


Felipe Ruiz, Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB)


Members of the UNFCCC Secretariat confer

Wael Hmaidan, CAN International


Delegates meet informally







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