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Bonn Climate Change Conference - April 2018

30 April - 10 May 2018 | Bonn, Germany

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Delegates gather for the APA Stocktake at the past Fiji / Bonn Climate Change Conference 2017

The Bonn Climate Change Conference will meet from 30 April to 10 May, 2018, in Bonn, Germany. Its main objectives include finalising the necessary details to make the Paris Agreement operational and convening a process known as the Talanoa Dialogue, a global conversation about efforts to combat climate change where both Parties and non-Party stakeholders are invited to get actively engaged and interact. The Talanoa Dialogue was agreed during the previous negotiating round in November 2017. The main outcomes have been summarized in the Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary and analysis.

The deadline for reaching agreement on the details needed to implement the Paris Agreement is in December 2018. This work is known as the Paris Agreement Work Programme and it is being negotiated by the three subsidiary bodies that will convene in Bonn:

  • Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI)
  • Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and
  • Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA)

Some of the main issues under negotiation in Bonn relate to the Paris Agreement’s cyclical and iterative nature whereby Parties update their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) at five-year intervals, regularly report on progress under a common transparency and accountability framework and convene a global stocktake every five years to assess collective progress towards the Paris Agreement’s goals. Related discussions in the negotiations focus on:

  • Information that could improve the clarity, transparency and understanding of NDCs (APA)
  • Features of the NDCs (APA)
  • Accounting for the NDCs (APA)
  • The transparency framework for action and support, which includes reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and financial support provided to developing countries (APA)
  • Matters relating to the global stocktake (APA)
  • Common timeframes for NDCs (SBI)
  • Modalities and procedures for the NDC registry (SBI)

Compliance, adaptation and support for developing countries, including on finance, technology, and capacity building, are other important themes in the Paris Agreement Work Programme that will be discussed in Bonn looking, inter alia, at:

  • The committee to facilitate implementation and promote compliance under the Paris Agreement (APA)
  • Accounting of financial resources provided and mobilized through public interventions (SBSTA)
  • Recognizing developing countries’ adaptation efforts (SBI and SBSTA)
  • The adaptation communication (APA)
  • The forum on the implementation of response measures (SBI and SBSTA)
  • Cooperative approaches under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, which include market and non-market based approaches (SBSTA)

Another important issue in Bonn is the Talanoa Dialogue, which started in January and will conclude in December 2018. The Dialogue focuses on three questions related to countries’ efforts to combat climate change: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? Its preparatory will last until December, followed by a political phase at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice.

There will also be a number of other issues being negotiated in Bonn. For example, the Koronivia joint work on agriculture was adopted in 2016 and is expected to be further developed in Bonn. Concerning the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples’ Platform, operationalized in 2017, discussions will take place on the remaining details and how to advance the platform.

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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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 Environment Ministry (BMU), Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), 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).