Highlights for Tuesday, 18 June 2019
In an exhibition, a call is made for delegates to raise their ambition for climate action because 'our house is on fire.'
The Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Tuesday, with delegates negotiating discrete issues in smaller settings. On some technical issues, initial exchanges proved that positions continued to be far apart.Negotiators working on Article 6 (market and non-market approaches) under the Paris Agreement struggled to begin substantive work. After a morning of procedural discussions, the Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) asked the heads of delegation to meet to identify a way forward. That meeting continued into the evening, as delegates tried to reconcile how to discuss Article 6 issues in the transparency discussions, particularly on how countries should report their use of internationally transferred mitigation outcomes (ITMOs), without pre-judging the Article 6 negotiation outcome.Divisions remained in discussions on the Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 1.5°C of Global Warming. Some called for the welcoming of the IPCC report and others called for more substantive discussions on its content. A few considered the matter closed. Discussions on this and many other issues will continue as delegations work toward finalizing the last rules needed to make the Paris Agreement fully ready for implementation in 2020.Beyond navigating through difficult technical issues, delegates also had to "mind the GAP." Over three days, participants gathered together to share their experiences and identify the various impacts the Lima Work Programme on Gender and its Gender Action Plan (GAP) have had in their countries. Today, they asked what’s missing and what’s needed to move forward work on gender in the climate change process.
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Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture
Delegates gather for two workshops during the day: methods and approaches for assessing adaptation, adaptation co-benefits, and resilience; and improved soil carbon, soil health, and soil fertility under grassland and cropland, as well as integrated systems, including water management.
Janie Rioux, Green Climate Fund (GCF)
Chizuru Aoki, the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Theo de Jager, World Farmers’ Organization
Cristina Dengel, Adaptation Fund
Claire Chenu, AgroParisTech
Co-Facilitators of the Koronivia Workshop Milagros Sandoval, Peru, and Heikki Granholm, Finland
Consultations throughout the Day
SBSTA contact group on matters relating to Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.
SBI informal consultations on matters relating to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
SBSTA informal consultations on common reporting tables for national inventory reports.
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa outlines the proposed 2020-2021 programme budget.
SBI informal consultations on matters relating to the Adaptation Fund: membership of the Adaptation Fund Board.
SBI/SBSTA informal consultations on the terms of reference for the 2019 review of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM).
SBSTA Chair’s consultations with Heads of Delegations.
Workshop on Gender and Climate Change
Fleur Newman, UNFCCC, and Workshop Co-Facilitators Penda Kante-Thiam, Senegal, and Colin O'Hehir, Ireland, facilitate the workshop to discuss the impact of the Lima Work Programme on Gender and its GAP.
With the objective of reviewing and making recommendations for the GAP, workshop participants break into groups to discuss five key themes: capacity building, gender balance, coherence between bodies, implementation, and monitoring and reporting.
Around the Venue
Delegates huddle in the corridors.
Erwin Rose, US
Stella Gama, Malawi
Jim Skea, Working Group III Co-Chair, IPCC
Winifred Masiko, Uganda, and Tayech Ourgicho Didemo, Ethiopia
Erik Davies, incoming IISD RS Director, and Lynn Wagner, Interim IISD RS Director
Marcela Main Sancha, Secretary to the COP, and Rodrigo Olsen Olivares, incoming COP Presidency, Chile
In an exhibition hosted by Climate Action Network (CAN), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Greenpeace, and the World Resources Institute (WRI), a call is made for delegates to make concrete plans and step up their ambitions for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in line with a 1.5°C target, ahead of the Climate Action Summit scheduled for later this year.
Delegates speak informally between sessions.
A young climate delegate rushes off to a contact group.
A delegate reads the live schedule to keep track of the day's events.