The second day of the Bonn Climate Conference was as inconspicuous as the first one was tense: debates over the meeting agendas were largely confined to the level of Heads of Delegation leaving technical negotiations to take their usual course.
Delegates heard pitches by the organizations wanting to host the Secretariat of the Santiago Network on loss and damage. The Caribbean Development Bank and the consortium between the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the UN Office for Project Services fielded questions on issues such as staff recruitment, financial management, and in-kind support.
The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) sounded the alarm on budgetary matters, both in the specific contact group on the matter and in a presentation on the development of the tools for reporting under the Paris Agreement's Enhanced Transparency Framework. Unsurprisingly, many commented, the number of new work programmes launched at the last several sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) hasn’t come for free.
A key feature of the day was the opening of the third meeting of the technical dialogue under the Paris Agreement’s first Global Stocktake (GST). UNFCCC Executive Secretary Simon Stiell underscored that the GST process would be “legacy making,” with its outcome framing decisions at COP 28 and for years to come.
Parties and observers delineated their expectations regarding the outcome on the GST. The EU and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) called for the identification of best practices, with the Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs) cautioning it would be difficult to make such an annex “non-policy prescriptive.”
Technical dialogue Co-Chairs Harald Winkler (South Africa) and Farhan Akthar (US) highlighted that over 170,000 pages of information have been uploaded to the GST information portal, noting the use of artificial intelligence is being explored to make sense of the data.