Highlights and images of main proceedings for 9 December 2019



Highlights for Monday, 9 December 2019

Delegates huddle during the final stages of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) closing plenary.

The Chile/Madrid Climate Change Conference transitioned into its second week of work. There were last-minute consultations on some issues under the subsidiary bodies as delegates tried to bridge remaining divisions.By the end of the night, several issues were left unagreed. Unresolved issues were handled in a variety of ways. Some issues were deferred for discussions at the next session. Others were forwarded to the COP Presidency for consideration during this conference.Consultations also continued on a number of other items, including on finance and, at the head of delegation level, on the meeting outcome decision (1/COP.25 1/CMP.15 and 1/CMA.2). Heads of delegation also met to agree on the mode of work for the rest of the conference.The Chilean COP Presidency, with ministers of finance, sought to amplify the Santiago Action Plan. Originally launched in April 2019, at the World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting, the Plan aims to catalyze high-level support for mainstreaming climate action in economic policy. Finance ministers discussed their role in enhancing countries’ nationally determined contributions (NDCs). The importance of finance ministers to climate action was clear: as UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa underlined: “if you lead, others will follow.”The Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action connected the dots between climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants discussed how collaboration between state and non-state actors can help realize climate action, and also SDGs 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 14 (Life under Water), and 15 (Life on Land).For more details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB).

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Informal Consultations Throughout the Day
Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) informal consultations on matters relating to gender and climate change.
Informal consultations on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.
The primary focus of the day was to finalize draft negotiating texts under the subsidiary bodies so they could be adopted in plenary.
Members of the G-77/China huddle informally.
A heads of delegation meeting is held with the subsidiary body chairs to determine a way forward for the negotiations.
SBI Closing Plenary
Delegates gather for the SBI closing plenary.
Mohamed Nasr, Egypt, speaking on behalf of the African Group
SBI Chair Emmanuel Dlamini, eSwatini
Andrew Neustaetter, US
Chen Zhihua, China
SBI family photo.
SBSTA Closing Plenary
View of the dais during the SBSTA closing plenary.
Ammar Hijazi, Palestine, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China
SBSTA Chair Paul Watkinson, France
Delegates huddle during the final stages of the SBSTA closing plenary.
Presidency Consultations
Delegates gather for the COP Presidency's consultations on the outcome of the negotiations.
Julio Cordano, COP 25 Presidency, Chile
Ammar Hijazi, Palestine, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China
Ayşin Turpanci, Turkey
Gary William Theseira, Malaysia
Coalition of Ministers of Finance for Climate Action
The Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action launch the ‘Santiago Action Plan’, which aims to create linkages between the UNFCCC process and the practices of finance ministers, as well as to promote their active engagement in the elaboration of nationally determined contributions (NDCs).
Ignacio Briones, Minister of Finance, Chile
Kimmo Tiilikainen, State Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Finland
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa
Axel van Trotsenburg, Managing Director, World Bank
Tao Zhang, Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Facilitative Sharing of Views
Delegates gather for the facilitative sharing of views (FSV) to share experiences and report on their activities to address climate change.
Jaivardhan Ramanlal Bhatt, India
Jenny Mager, Chile
A slide from the Malaysian presentation.
K. Nagulendran, Malaysia
Ricardo Fernandez, EU
Takashi Morimoto, Japan
Civil Society Demonstrations
Members of civil society pay tribute to environmental activists who have lost their lives in the defence of the environment.
Members of civil society, including First Nations youth and elders, demonstrate against the Teck tar sands project in Canada, highlighting the negative impact this would have on Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
Around the Venue
A press conference is held with youth climate activists from around the world (L-R): Carlon Zackhras, Marshall Islands; Ángela Valenzuela, Chile; Nakabuye Hilda Flavia, Uganda; Luisa Neubauer, Germany; Greta Thunberg, Sweden; Arshak Makichyan, Russian Federation; Rose Whipple, Canada; and Kisha Erah Muaña, the Philippines.
The press conference room is filled to capacity.
Youth watch the press conference being live streamed.
Roberto Cadiz, the Philippines
Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General, Economic and Social Affairs (center)
UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw; Edgar Gutierrez Espeleta, UNCCD Special Advisor; and Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat
Delegates from Saudia Arabia meet informally in the corridors.
Media interviews take place throughout the day.