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Bonn Climate Change Conference - April 2018

30 April - 10 May 2018 | Bonn, Germany

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa and Mary Robinson, Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice

The Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Tuesday, with negotiations on some issues yielding preliminary agreement, and negotiations on other issues trying to find solutions to disagreements. Preliminary agreement, pending formal adoption by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA), was found on some issues, including:

  • Capacity building under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol,
  • Coordination of support for the implementation of activities relating to mitigation actions in the forest sector by developing countries, including institutional arrangements, and
  • Response measures.

Throughout the day, several of the issues discussed under the SBI and SBSTA remained outstanding. The final plenaries for all the Subsidiary Bodies are scheduled for the last day of the conference, on Thursday, 10 May. Therefore, outstanding issues must be resolved on Wednesday.

To address the many interrelated issues under the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP), a “joint” meeting convened to discuss adaptation communication and the transparency framework. Work under the PAWP also included continued discussions on the transparency framework, Article 6 (cooperative approaches), and information to be provided in advance by developed countries on their financial support.

The long-term finance workshop continued to discuss experiences and lessons learnt from articulating and translating needs identified in country-driven processes into on the ground projects and programmes. The sixth Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) started today, focusing on public awareness and international cooperation.

The COP 23 Presidency held a session to report back on the Talanoas held as part of the Talanoa Dialogue on Sunday, 6 May. Many delegates expressed appreciation for the Dialogue’s format and atmosphere, noting its value in building trust between all stakeholders.

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. The summary and analysis report is now available in HTML and PDF.

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Executive Secretary's Meeting with Observer Organizations


Participants during the meeting with the Executive Secretary


UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa

Juan Carlos Jintiach and Thin Yu Mon, Indigenous Peoples Organizations (IPO)


Wael Hmaidan, Climate Action Network (CAN) International

Gunnar Steinsholt, Trade Union NGOs (TUNGOs)

Norine Kennedy, Business and Industry NGOs (BINGOs)


Joséphine Raynauld and Sofia Kabbej, Youth NGOs (YOUNGOs)

Gillian Nelson, Harjeet Singh, and Eddy Pérez, CAN


Bridget Burns, Women and Gender

Halldór Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Secretariat

Marilyn Averill, Research and Independent NGOs (RINGOs)



Report Back from Talanoa Dialogue


Participants during the report back of the Talanoa Dialogue


Amena Yauvoli, Fiji

Sylwia Waśniewska, COP 24 Presidency, Poland

 Tui Cavuilati, Fiji


Emma Rachmawaty, Indonesia

Marianne Karlsen, Norway


Christina Paradiso, Canada

Stephanie Lee, New Zealand

Balisi Justice Gopolang, Botswana, speaking on behalf of the African Group



In-Session Workshop on Long-Term Finance


Participants during the in-session workshop on long-term finance


Nathaniel Blama, Environmental Protection Agency, Liberia

Co-Facilitator Janine Coye-Felson, Belize


Alexander Linke, German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ)

Co-Facilitator Stefan Schwager, Switzerland



Participants discuss finance-related matters in break-out groups


Espen Ronneberg, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

Alexander Linke, GIZ

Milena Gonzalez Vasquez, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat


Kamel Djemouai, Advisor to the African Group, records ideas


Sixth Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment


ACE family photo


Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, and COP 23 President, Fiji

SBI Chair Emmanuel Dlamini, Swaziland


Pramisha Thapaliya, YOUNGOs

Jamie Clarke, Climate Outreach

Maria Nailevu, DIVA for Equality



Informal Consultations Throughout the Day


Coordination of support for the implementation of activities relating to mitigation actions in the forest sector by developing countries, including institutional arrangements family photo


Ex-ante transparency of climate finance family photo


APA agenda item 8: informal consultations on issues except the Adaptation Fund


Public registry on Agreement Article 7.12 (adaptation communications)


SBI informal consultations on capacity-building for developing countries


Around the Venue


UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa


Outi Honkatukia, Finland, and Stefan Schwager, Switzerland

Delegates from YOUNGOs confer


Todd Stern, World Resources Institute (WRI),
and Jacob Werksman, EU

Delegates from Austria and Luxembourg



Security staff around the venue

Niklas Höhne, New Climate Institute, speaks to the press


A delegate reviews the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) website and daily to keep track of negotiations





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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the European Union (EU)
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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 2018 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Switzerland (Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)), and SWAN International. Funding for translation of the Bulletin into French has been provided by the Government of France, Québec, and the Institute of La Francophonie for Sustainable Development (IFDD), a subsidiary body of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF).