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Highlights and images of main proceedings for 13 December 2019

Chile/Madrid Climate Change Conference - December 2019

Highlights for Friday, 13 December 2019 As the negotiations slow to a crawl inside the venue, members of Extinction Rebellion and FridaysForFuture demonstrate on the streets outside, calling this the 'ultimatum COP' to address the climate crisis. As the Chile/Madrid Climate Change Conference entered its scheduled last day, many expected the meeting to extend into Saturday.COP 25 President Carolina Schmidt confirmed such expectations in the stocktaking plenary when she asked the Co-Facilitators of various items to keep working, without providing a clear timeline for conclusion. Calling on all parties to “show the world that we are capable of reaching agreement,” she outlined the new model of work going forward. Negotiations would proceed in two tracks. The first track focuses on Article 6 (market and non-market mechanism). The second track includes three issues: the review of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts; response measures; and the outcome decision (decision 1/CP.25).As the day wore on, negotiations continued among parties only, facilitated by ministers. Several delegates expressed concern both at the number of unresolved issues, and the many divergent positions on each issue. Some whispers suggested the conference “might fail altogether,” considering that no agreement is in sight. Others were more optimistic, but wondered how agreement would emerge with the overtime clock running. After hours of waiting, with the live schedule advertising facilitated ministerial consultations through midnight, many delegates left the venue to catch a few hours of sleep.Outside the venue, with flags and banners held aloft, Extinction Rebellion labelled the meeting “another lost opportunity.”The Earth Negotiations Bulletin will continue with photographic coverage of the negotiations on Saturday, 14 December 2019, and a summary and analysis of the Chile/Madrid Climate Change Conference will be available on Tuesday, 17 December 2019. IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) meeting coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from the 2019 Climate Change Conference. The summary and analysis report is now available in HTML and PDF. Photos by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth For photo reprint permissions, please follow instructions at our Attribution Regulations for Meeting Photo Usage Page Informal Consultations Delegates gather in plenary awaiting news on when the final stocktaking session will begin. Delegates consult informally as the draft negotiating text is released. Delegates from the Republic of Korea Mohamed Nasr, Egypt, and Richard Sherman, South Africa Delegates from Brazil Leon Derek Charles, Grenada Stocktaking Plenary The room is filled to capacity as the stocktaking plenary begins in the afternoon. Yeshey Penjor, Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan, speaking on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Mohamed Nasr, Egypt, speaking on behalf of the African Group Carlos Fuller and Janine Coye Felson, Belize, speaking on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Ricardo de Aquino Salles, Minister of the Environment, Brazil Tina Stege, Marshall Islands El Waleed El Malik, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Franz Perrez, Switzerland, speaking on behalf of the Environmental Integrity Group (EIG) Chen Zhihua, China Shinjirō Koizumi, Minister of the Environment, Japan Ayman Shasly, Saudi Arabia, speaking on behalf of the Arab Group Marcia Levaggi, Argentina, speaking on behalf of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay Informal Consultations Throughout the Night Informal consultations continue on Article 6. Delegates gather outside the room where Ministerial facilitated consultations are to take place. Heads of delegations meet for a briefing on Article 6. Civil Society Demonstration Representatives of EU youth organizations demonstrate in the corridors, showing the 'tug of war' between transitioning to a carbon-free future and being controlled by the fossil fuel industry. As the negotiations continue behind closed doors inside the venue, members of Extinction Rebellion and FridaysForFuture block the roads outside the venue, staging a large protest, calling the meeting 'another lost opportunity.' Around the Venue The dais is empty as delegates wait for announcement on when the closing plenary will begin. Andrew Ferrone, Luxembourg, speaks with a delegate. Members of civil society work in the corridors. Alf Wills, South Africa Henrik Eriksen and Peer Stiansen, Norway, speak with SBSTA Chair Paul Watkinson, France. David Oehmen, UNFCCC Secretariat, and Emerson Resende, Green Climate Fund (GCF) In the early evening, delegates begin to leave the venue.
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Highlights and images of main proceedings for 17 June 2019

Bonn Climate Change Conference - June 2019

Highlights for Monday, 17 June 2019 Delegates gather at the World Conference Center Bonn for the first day of the Bonn Climate Change Conference 2019. For the first time in 14 years, delegates gathered for a smaller session in Bonn with only two bodies convening. The fiftieth meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 50) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 50) launched their work on all agenda items.Outlining expectations for the meeting, many parties pressed to keep the momentum generated in December 2018 when they adopted the Katowice Climate Package, the so-called “rulebook” supporting the Paris Agreement. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), other international organizations, and developing countries continue to draw attention to the impacts of climate change on the environment, people, and livelihoods, several parties urged more ambition in pledges to the Paris Agreement; many developing countries called for greater financial resources. Chile, the host of the next Conference of the Parties (COP), declared ambition a central theme of the upcoming meeting.In the second workshop of the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, participants grappled with three questions: how do we measure and evaluate adaptation practices in agriculture? What are the co-benefits of adapting agriculture systems to climate change? and how can we share knowledge and practices to ensure resilience in global food security? The workshop heard from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Adaptation Committee, the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Expert Group, and the World Bank on recent practices in monitoring, evaluation, and adaptation planning; and shared views and best practices on adaptation in the agricultural sector.As delegates finished their first day of work, several were pleased that the SBSTA avoided a delay in adopting its agenda through informal discussions regarding the item on the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C of Global Warming. In December, the COP asked the SBSTA to consider the Special Report “with a view to strengthening the scientific knowledge on the 1.5°C goal.” Parties agreed to hold this discussion without pre-judging any potential outcome. Some delegates warned that sensitivity around this issue would continue throughout the conference. IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from the Bonn Climate Change Conference - June 2019, which is now available in HTML and PDF. Photos by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth For photo reprint permissions, please follow instructions at our Attribution Regulations for Meeting Photo Usage Page SBI Opening Plenary SBI Chair Emmanuel Dlamini, eSwatini, opens the SBI plenary. Chizuru Aoki, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Ovais Sarmad, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Birgit Aru, Estonia, reporting back on Katowice Committee of Experts on Impacts of Implementation of Response Measures (KCI) Hana Hamadalla, Sudan, reporting back on the LDC Expert Group (LEG) Gervais Ludovic Itsoua, Congo, reporting back on the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) Nicole Wilke, Germany, reporting back on the host agreement Delegates during the session. SBSTA Opening Plenary SBSTA Chair Paul Watkinson, France (center), convenes the opening of the SBSTA plenary with an up-to-date version of the Keeling Curve, a graph of the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere. Jörg Schulz, European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie Abdalah Mokssit, IPCC Secretary Salvatore Aricò, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture View of the dais during the workshop on methods and approaches for assessing adaptation, adaptation co-benefits, and resilience. Milagros Sandoval, Peru, Co-Facilitator of the Koronivia Workshop Zitouni Ould-Dada, FAO Navina Sanchez, Adaptation Committee Martien van Nieuwkoop, World Bank SBI/SBSTA Joint Plenary - Opening Statements View of the dais during the joint plenary for opening statements. Ammar Hijazi, Palestine, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China Rodrigo Olsen Olivares, incoming COP Presidency, Chile Majid Shafiepour, Iran, speaking on behalf of the Like-minded Developing Countries (LMDCs) Lois Young, Belize, speaking on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Ana Villalobos, Costa Rica, speaking on behalf of the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC) Franz Perrez, Switzerland, speaking on behalf of the Environmental Integrity Group (EIG) Mona Al-Attas, Saudi Arabia, speaking on behalf of the Arab Group Sonam Wangdi, Bhutan, speaking on behalf of the LDCs Ion Cîmpeanu, EU Around the Venue Delegates gather informally before the start of plenary. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa speaks with Stéphane Dion, Canadian Ambassador to the EU Richard Kinley, former UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Sin Liang Cheah, Singapore, speaks with a delegate. Delegates from Ghana review a document. Members of the SBI Secretariat share a moment. Delegates speak informally between sessions. A delegate visits 'Awakening,' a photographic exhibition that confronts the urgency of sustaining life on earth by focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and challenging all people to 'design a world that works for everyone.' Delegates meet informally in the exhibit area. Materials on display.
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