Highlights and images for 3 December 2019


As discussions on finance began, members of civil society demonstrate in the corridors, calling for stronger financial mechanisms to effectively combat the climate crisis.

The Chile/Madrid Climate Change Conference continued on Tuesday. Delegates began detailed negotiations on a wide range of issues, from finance to transparency, adaptation to markets, and gender to response measures. Meanwhile, the COP Presidency began highlighting important themes for this “Blue COP.”

Article 6 negotiations for market and non-market approaches featured prominently. Heads of delegation met in the morning to discuss expectations and a process for concluding these negotiations at this session. In the afternoon, detailed negotiations began, in a room filled beyond capacity, with parties focusing first on the non-market approaches and then turning to the market-related mechanisms. The Co-Facilitators will produce new versions of the draft texts by Wednesday, 4 December, to help parties advance their work.

Several potentially thorny finance issues were raised, including taking stock of progress toward the goal of USD 100 billion per year by 2020, and steps toward setting a new quantified goal from 2025. Discussions on the membership of the Adaptation Fund Board proved difficult, with little common ground found in the initial negotiating session. During this meeting, there is much work remaining for finance issues, including providing guidance to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Global Environment Facility (GEF).

The Chilean Presidency brought attention to key cross-cutting issues. In an informal dialogue on the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (LCIPP), several speakers highlighted the role of traditional knowledge and the need to include a range of perspectives in supporting climate action throughout the work of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Presidency also launched the Platform for Science-Based Ocean Solutions. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) highlighted, the ocean is already experiencing significant effects that will be increasingly dangerous without urgent action. The Platform will help create a community of practice to share lessons, encourage concrete policies, and facilitate access to resources and solutions for the ocean.

Practical advice emerged from the workshop on the Koronivia joint work on agriculture on ways to improve nutrient use and manure management. Congratulating participants on reaching the halfway point of the joint work, Stella Gama, Malawi, stressed that “action is urgent,” and that “we need to change gears” to ensure food security for all.

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

Informal Consultations and Contact Groups Throughout the Day

SBI/SBSTA informal consultations on the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM) and the 2019 review of the Mechanism.

SBI informal consultations on the development and transfer of technologies.

SBSTA contact group on methodological issues under the Paris Agreement.

SBSTA informal consultations on common tabular formats for support provided and received.

The room is filled to capacity as delegates gather for the contact group and informal consultations on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

Earth Information Day

Delegates gather for Earth Information Day, featuring presentations on the systematic observation of the climate system, including the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) provisional findings on the state of the climate for 2019.

SBSTA Vice Chair Annela Anger-Kraavi, Estonia

Andrés Couve, Minister of Science, Technology, Knowledge, and Innovation, Chile

IPCC Working Group I Co-Chair Valérie Masson-Delmotte and Working Group II Co-Chair Hans-Otto Pörtner

Interactive discussions take place using Slido.

John Kennedy, WMO

Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture

On the first day of the fourth Koronivia workshop, delegates shared lessons learned about managing nutrients and manure in the agricultural sector.

Koronivia Co-Facilitators Milagros Sandoval, Peru, and Monika Figaj, Poland

Mark Sutton, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, UK

A presentation highlights the use of nitrogen and phosphorus in agricultural systems.

David Fredericks, Guyana

Srinivasa Rao Cherukumalli, India

Walter Oyhantcabal, Uruguay

Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (LCIPP) Informal Dialogue

Delegates gather for the first session of the LCIPP informal dialogue.

Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB) Co-Chair Rita Mishaan, Guatemala

Pasang Dolma Sherpa, LCIPP Facilitative Working Group

David Michael Au, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

Launching of the Platform for Science-Based Ocean Solutions

View of the dais during the launch of the Platform for Science-Based Ocean Solutions (PSBOS).

Albert II, Prince of Monaco

Carolina Schmidt, COP 25 President, Chile

Civil Society Demonstrations

Representatives of the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development demonstrate in the corridors, calling for more attention to be paid to climate finance.

In recognition of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, representatives from Sustained Ability call for the COP to establish a constituency for people with disabilities to advocate for their rights.

Around the Venue

José Luis Martínez-Almeida, Mayor of Madrid, Spain, is interviewed by press at the venue.

Alf Wills, WIM mandated event Co-Facilitator, and Tasneem Essop, Executive Director, Climate Action Network (CAN)

Elena Manaenkova, Deputy Secretary-General, WMO, speaks with a delegate.

Delegates speak informally between sessions.

Displays around the UNFCCC Pavilion.


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