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Chile/Madrid Climate Change Conference - December 2019

The COP sign at the entrance to the venue as the negotiations go 42 hours over time, making it the longest COP in UNFCCC history. ***UPDATE: Sunday, 15 December, 1:55 pm: - COP 25 President Schmidt gavels the COP, CMP, and CMA to a close. UPDATE: Sunday, 15 December, 10:17 am - The COP opened. After some debate, the COP adopted the "Chile-Madrid Time for Action" decision. UPDATE: Sunday, 15 December, 5:00 am - Closing plenary scheduled for 8:00 am. Delegates unsure of what the process moving forward will be. UPDATE: Sunday, 15 December, 12:30 am - The informal stocktaking plenary closes, with COP 25 President Carolina Schmidt outlining the outstanding, unresolved issues on WIM, Article 6, response measures, and others. She tells delegates "let's get to work." UPDATE: Saturday, 14 December, 11:00 pm - Informal Presidency stocktaking scheduled to convene. Delegates still engaged in closed-door negotiations on Article 6, loss and damage, response measures, and other issues. *** With the Chile/Madrid Climate Change Conference ticking over from what was meant to be its final day into overtime, delegates speculated about how close parties actually were to any meaningful agreement. A morning plenary stocktake by the Presidency confirmed several areas where views diverged in the final decisions, yet to be adopted. In the Paris Agreement governing body (CMA) outcome decision, Australia opposed calls from the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to ensure that units or emissions reductions under the Kyoto Protocol could not be used towards countries’ nationally determined contributions (NDCs). There was also disagreement on whether the Conference of the Parties (COP) outcome decision should mention the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Climate Change and Land, or mandate related work under the subsidiary bodies. In the same decision, several groups called for a clear call for enhancing ambition in NDCs in 2020, while other delegations supported a work programme on pre-2020 implementation and action. In the afternoon, bilateral Presidency-led consultations continued alongside closed informal consultations on finance, loss and damage, and Article 6 (market and non-market approaches).The resulting mood in the conference centre alternated between frustration and resignation. In a press conference, NGO representatives denounced the latest presidency texts. Civil society held an impromptu “People’s Closing Plenary” in the space between both official plenary halls, calling out the “COP that has failed us.” With the closing plenary delayed later and later into the night, press and observers alike were reduced to idly checking social media for any updates. For all the Presidency’s optimism that a plenary might be struck before midnight, some delegates meetings suggested otherwise. “It’s going to be a long night,” one said, rushing between rooms. 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   Sunday Morning: Closing Plenary After a sleepless night of negotiations, delegates return to plenary to close COP 25.   UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa speaks with Teresa Ribera, Minister for the Ecological Transition, Spain.   UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa speaks with Shinjirō Koizumi, Minister of the Environment, Japan.   Delegates from Malaysia, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia consult informally.   Kimberly Carnahan, US, speaks with Teresa Ribera, Minister for the Ecological Transition, Spain.   Delegates from the Russian Federation and the EU speak informally.   Catherine Anne Stewart, Canada, speaks with delegates from the EU and New Zealand.   Ammar Hijazi, Palestine, speaks with Ayman Shasly, Saudi Arabia   International press arrive in plenary.   View of the dais as the closing plenary begins, more than 35 hours behind schedule.   Franz Perrez, Switzerland, speaking on behalf of the Environmental Integrity Group (EIG)   Mohamed Nasr, Egypt, speaking on behalf of the African Group   Leonardo Cleaver de Athayde, Brazil   Carolina Schmidt, COP 25 President, Chile   Archie Young, UK   Ian Fry, Tuvalu   Felipe De León, Costa Rica   Gary William Theseira, Malaysia, speaking on behalf of the Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs)   Kera Sherwood-O'Regan, speaking on behalf of Indigenous Peoples, while members of civil society stand in support.   Snreya KC and Zuzanna Borowska, Youth NGOs (YOUNGOs)   Jolein Holtz, Women and Gender   Pere Fullana i Palmer, Research and Industry NGOs (RINGOs)   Tennant Reed, Business and Industry NGOs (BINGOs)   Delegates applaud the adoption of various items.   Sunday Morning Stocktake UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa; Carolina Schmidt, COP 25 President, Chile; and Miriam Medel García, UNFCCC Secretariat   Carolina Schmidt, COP 25 President, Chile, tells people 'Let's get to work,' announcing consultations will continue at 1:30 am.   The US consults with delegates during an informal huddle. Late Night Informal Consultations Delegates from Argentina, Grenada, Egypt, and others huddle outside the negotiating rooms.   Simon Stiell, Minister of Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry, Fisheries, Disaster Management and Information, Grenada, speaks with Teresa Ribera, Minister for the Ecological Transition, Spain   Delegates from the Russian Federation and the EU review negotiating text.   Amjad Abdulla, Maldives; William Agyemang-Bonsu, UNFCCC Secretariat; and Teresa Ribera, Minister for the Ecological Transition, Spain   Delegates from the African Group consult.   Delegates from Spain and the US consult.   Delegates from Grenada, Malaysia, Brazil, Saint Lucia, and Gabon huddle outside the negotiating rooms.   Saturday Morning Presidency Stocktaking Delegates gather in plenary for the start of the Presidency stocktaking.   Delegates review the draft negotiating text on a number of key issues. View of the dais as the stocktaking begins.   Carolina Schmidt, COP 25 President, Chile   Carlos Fuller, Belize   Simon Stiell, Minister of Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry, Fisheries, Disaster Management and Information, Grenada   Krista Mikkonen, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Finland, speaking on behalf of the EU   Wael Aboulmagd, Egypt   Camila Isabel Zepeda Lizama, Mexico   Marco Túlio Cabral, Brazil   Ammar Hijazi, Palestine   Teresa Ribera, Minister for the Ecological Transition, Spain   Ola Elvestuen, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway   Ayman Shasly, Saudi Arabia   Laura Juliana Arciniegas Rojas, Colombia   Choon Heng Joseph Teo, Singapore   Kimberly Carnahan, US   Tshewang Dorji, Bhutan Informal Consultations Delegates gather for the informal, parties-only consultations on climate finance.   Delegates huddle before the informal, parties-only consultation on loss and damage begin. Press Conferences Throughout the Day Members of civil society organizations hold an inpromptu press conference to express their concerns about the state of the negotiations.   Barbara Creecy, Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries, South Africa, convenes a press conference in her capacity as the President of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), stressing the importance of enhanced ambition in NDCs, the global goal on adaptation, and means of implementation.   Andrés Landerretche, COP 25 Presidency (left), convenes a press conference in the afternoon with international media to provide an update on the state of negotiations.   People's Closing Plenary As delegates wait for the closing plenary to convene, members of civil society meet with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa and Ovais Sarmad, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary, to arrange a 'People's Closing Plenary' where the voices of civil society can be heard.   Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Indigenous Peoples, and Tasneem Essop, Executive Director, Climate Action Network (CAN) (center)   UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa   Following the meeting, the 'People's Closing Plenary' takes place outside the formal plenary halls, creating a space for civil society to share their voices with the statement 'people power, climate justice.'   Harjeet Singh, ActionAid International   Catherine Abreu, CAN   Different individuals stand up to share their stories.   Around the Venue Carole Dieschbourg, Minister of the Environment, Luxembourg, with Archie Young, UK.   Zaheer Fakir, South Africa; Simon Stiell, Minister of Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry, Fisheries, Disaster Management and Information, Grenada; and Karsten Sach, Germany   Delegates wait in the corridors throughout the day. The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) team covering COP 25: Beate Antonich, Germany; Annelies Van Gaalen, South Africa; Jennifer Bansard, Germany/France; Jen Allan, Canada/UK; Bernard Soubry, Canada; Mari Luomi, Finland/UAE; and Kiara Worth, South Africa  
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Highlights and images for 26 June 2019

Bonn Climate Change Conference - June 2019

Highlights for Wednesday, 26 June 2019 In a civil society demonstration focused on loss and damage, youth representatives warn about the dangerous impacts of climate change and call for urgent action to be taken to protect future generations. On the penultimate day of the Bonn Climate Change Conference, much remained unresolved. Huddles and high-level engagement became the modus operandis of the day.Parties continued to discuss issues, from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on 1.5°C to the budget, with limited progress. Discussions on the reporting formats that will operationalize the enhanced transparency framework under the Paris Agreement moved along in closed-door sessions. The Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) held a two-hour meeting with the heads of delegations to try to work out remaining issues before the closing plenaries tomorrow. Similarly, the budget inched toward agreement as time started to run out.While delegates worked on brackets and re-worked text on the screen, other participants engaged in action-oriented exchanges to share lessons and catalyze new actions. A special event titled “Driving Change Together-Special Joint Event on Multilevel Action” focused on e-mobility and adaptation. The Thematic Expert Meeting on Adaptation wrapped up today, with participants continuing to grapple with the question of how to engage the private sector in building resilience to the effects of climate change while safeguarding local communities.A third special event, new for the UNFCCC and convened by the Paris Committee for Capacity-building and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OCHCR), focused on the implications of climate change for the full enjoyment of human rights.Looking ahead to the Santiago Climate Change Conference, several participants worried that the COP may become bogged down in the technical details of the issues discussed here, many of which reflect deep political divides. But some delegates noted that political guidance could help negotiators, and help build momentum on climate action before the Paris Agreement’s start date in 2020.For more details on the day's events and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB). 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 Consultations throughout the Day Delegates gather for the SBSTA informal consultations on matters relating to Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Delegates huddle during the SBSTA informal consultations on research and systemic observation. SBI/SBSTA informal consultations on matters relating to the forum on the impact of the implementation of response measures serving the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement. SBI informal consultations on arrangements for intergovernmental meetings. Delegates stand against the walls and sit on the floor during the SBSTA informal consultations on the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C. SBSTA Chair Paul Watkinson, France (far right), consults with the Co-Facilitators and Secretariat during the SBI/SBSTA informal consultations on terms of reference for the 2019 review of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM) Members of the G-77/China huddle outside of the informal consultations on methodological issues under the Paris Agreement. Technical Expert Meeting on Adaptation At the start of the Technical Expert Meeting on Adaptation (TEM-A), delegates begin with playing a version of the game 'rock-paper-scissors' as a way to highlight the difficulties of achieving a coordinated approach between different stakeholders. Throughout the day, four sessions were held: adaptation planning and financing at different scales; financing commercialization of adaptation technology solutions; financial instruments to mobilize private sector engagement in climate resilience; and outlook to the remaining 2019 technical examination process on adaptation. Jaime Webbe, Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) Moderator Donna Mitzi Lagdameo, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre Shiv Seewoobaduth, Mauritius Rebecca Nadin, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Gebru Endalew, Ethiopia Crispus Mugambi, CARE International Special Joint Event - Driving Change Together High-level speakers for the special joint event Driving Change Together - Multilevel Action Focusing on E-Mobility and Adaptation. Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn Ion Cîmpeanu, Romania Martin Frick, Senior Director for Policy and Programme Coordination, UNFCCC Secretariat, moderated the session. Maciej Mazur, Polish Alternative Fuels Association Sandra Leticia Guzman Luna, Mexico Local municipal authorities and the high-level speakers take a family photo before breaking out into two discussion groups focused on adaptation and e-mobility. COP 25 Presidency Meeting with Observers Carolina Schmidt, Minister of the Environment, Chile, and COP 25 President-designate Henrique Fernandes, Youth NGOs (YOUNGOs) Felipe Andres Gutierrez, Climate Justice Now! Bridget Burns, Women and Gender Sandra Maria Hanni, Business and Industry NGOs (BINGOs) Building Capacity for Integrating Human Rights into Climate Action Panel speakers during the event Iván José Véjar Pardo, COP 25 Presidency Sébastian Ducyk, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) Benjamin Schachter, OHCHR, and Jennifer Hanna, Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB) Estebancio Castro Diaz, Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform Facilitative Working Group (LCIPP FWG) Notes are taken during three break out groups focused on: how the integration of human rights and related themes contribute to more effective climate policies and to higher ambition in terms of mitigation and adaptation; identifying the key capacity-building needs and gaps of different stakeholders; and what key capacity-building solutions and good practices exist that can be replicated. Civil Society Demonstrations As the WIM negotiations struggle to reach textutal agreement, members of YOUNGO demonstrate in the corridors, highlighting the severe health impacts that will be felt with an increase of temperature and call for developed countries to listen to the needs of developing countries, and to open up new streams of finance to address climate change. Delegates 'die' due to the severe health impacts that will be experienced at extreme temperatures. UN interns demonstrate outside the building calling for better labor rights and pay. Around the Venue A delegate watches the live schedule to keep track of the day's events. Budget Co-Facilitators Talieh Wögerbauer, Austria, and Kishan Kumarsingh, Trinidad and Tobago Carolina Schmidt, Minister of the Environment, Chile, and COP 25 President-designate, arrives at the venue. A delegate reads the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) to keep track of the negotiations. Delegates read the draft conclusions during the IPCC consultations. Delegates from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia consult informally. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Indigenous Peoples Conference staff around the venue.
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Highlights and images for 12 December 2018

Katowice Climate Change Conference - December 2018

As the Talanoa Dialogue draws to a close, Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President, thanks Frank Bainimarama, COP 23 President, for bringing the Fijian tradition of Talanoa into the negotiation process,   The Katowice Climate Change Conference continued on Wednesday, with most negotiations happening at the ministerial level. For some issues, ministers conducted open-ended consultations, while for others ministers and delegations engaged in more informal settings. The Presidency’s texts were released in the afternoon for most issues. In the evening, two heads of delegation meetings convened.The Talanoa Dialogue concluded its political phase. UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated "it is time for consensus,” and called for “compromise, as our last best chance to stop run-away climate change." He further cautioned, that failing to do so would "not only be immoral, it would be suicidal.” At the conclusion of the Talanoa Dialogue, COP 23 President Frank Bainimarama and COP 24 President Michał Kurtyka launched the Talanoa Call for Action. For more details on the day's events and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB). IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily reports, daily web coverage, and a summary and analysis from the Katowice Climate Change Conference – December 2018. Photos by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth For photo reprint permissions, please follow instructions at our Attribution Regulations for Meeting Photo Usage Page High-level Segment Delegates during the high-level segment Wallace Cosgrow, Minister of Environment, Energy, and Climate Change, Seychelles Lina Dolores Pohl Alfaro, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, El Salvador Ricardo José Lozano Picón, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia Mokoto Francis Hloaele, Minister of Energy and Meteorology, Lesotho Simon Stiell, Minister for Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry, Fisheries, and Disaster Management and Information, Grenada Heryck Rangel, Minister of People's Power for Ecosocialism, Venezuela Informal and Presidency Consultations throughout the Day Presidency's open-ended ministerial consultations on finance Delegates huddle during informal consultations on linkages between the Technology Mechanism and the Financial Mechanism Presidency's open-ended ministerial consultations on transparency Closing of the Talanoa Dialogue Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President Frank Bainimarama, COP 23 President UN Secretary-General António Guterres UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa Inia Seruiratu, Minister of Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, and National Disaster Management, Fiji Sławomir Mazurek, Deputy Minister of the Environment, Poland Xiaofeng Guo, China Doris Leuthard, Switzerland Members of NGO constituencies (L-R): Ching Wen Yang, Youth NGOs (YOUNGOs); Taily de Faria Marcos Terena, Women and Gender; Mariano Sanz Lubeiro, Trade Union NGOs (TUNGOs); Michael Lazarus, Research and Independent NGOs (RINGOs); Cor Lamers, Local Government and Municipal Authorities (LGMAs); Naw Ei Ei Min, Indigenous Peoples; Bjørn Gimming, Farmers; and Sandeep Chauhan, Business and Industry NGOs (BINGOs) Michael Lazarus, RINGOs Ching Wen Yang, YOUNGOs Taily de Faria Marcos Terena, Women and Gender Sandeep Chauhan, BINGOs The 'People's Seat' is present during the session, representing the millions of stories collected digitally As the Talanoa Dialogue draws to a close Frank Bainimarama, COP 23 President, and Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President, stand with Timoci Naulusala, Fiji, and Hanna Wojdowska, Poland, representing the future generations Civil Society Demonstrations Representatives of the Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement share stories of how climate change impacts food, land, and water in different regions around the world, and call on delegates to include the protection of human rights in the negotiations Representatives of ACT Alliance and Christian Aid call for greater financing for developing countries by staging an interactive game where delegates 'roll the dice' to see what outcomes they can achieve in the negotiations High Ambition Coalition Press Conference Representatives and Ministers hold a press conference to announce the revival of the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) to step up ambition David Paul, Minister of the Environment, Marshall Islands, and Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, European Commission A journalist takes notes during the briefing Delegates flood the hallway to enter the event Around the Venue UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa and UN Secretary-General António Guterres arrive in plenary Jo Tyndall, New Zealand, and Todd Stern, World Resources Institute (WRI) Al Gore, Climate Reality Project Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism, South Africa Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs, China UN Secretary-General António Guterres Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Belgium, holds up his '1.5°C' tie during a Climate Action Network (CAN) International press conference Panel speakers during a high-level event (L-R): Ingrid Hoven, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany; Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Netherlands; Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency UK; Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Naoko Ishii, CEO, the Global Environment Facility (GEF); and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa Delegates from the African Group Members of the COP 24 Presidency and UNFCCC Secretariat Delegates from the EU Co-facilitators and Secretariat from the informal consultations on transparency Franz Perrez, Switzerland, speaks with members of the Environmental Integrity Group (EIG) Around the exhibition area  
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Highlights and images for 7 December 2018

Katowice Climate Change Conference - December 2018

Highlights for Friday, 7 December 2018 A delegate reads draft negotiating text before an informal consultation Posted by IISD Reporting Services on Saturday, 8 December 2018 The Katowice Climate Change Conference continued in informal consultations throughout the day, focusing on the issues related to the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP). Under the Ad Hoc Working Group for the Paris Agreement (APA), parties discussed the new texts issued by the APA Co-Chairs. The APA met in a stocktaking session in the evening, where the Co-Chairs announced that they would issue a new iteration of draft text in the morning of Saturday, 8 December. With one day left for the technical round of negotiations, several delegations worked to ensure that their preferred options were reflected in the texts before more politically-focused negotiations convene in the second week of the conference.For more details on the day's events and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB). IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily reports, daily web coverage, and a summary and analysis from the Katowice Climate Change Conference – December 2018. Photos by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth For photo reprint permissions, please follow instructions at our Attribution Regulations for Meeting Photo Usage Page Informal Consultations throughout the Day Family photo of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples' Platform SBI informal consultations on the development of a public registry referred to in Paris Agreement Article 7.12 (adaptation communication) SBI/SBSTA informal consultations on the joint annual report of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) Informal consultations on implementation and compliance (APA item 7) Between informal consultations, delegates read draft negotiating text APA Stocktake Delegates in plenary during the APA Stocktake Gebru Jember Endalew, Ethiopia, speaking on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Mohamed Nasr, Gabon, speaking on behalf of the African Group Franz Perrez, Switzerland, speaking on behalf of the Environmental Integrity Group (EIG) Majid Shafiepour, Iran, speaking on behalf of the Like-minded Developing Countries (LMDCs) APA Co-Chairs Jo Tyndall, New Zealand, and Sarah Baashan, Saudi Arabia Marcia Levaggi, Argentina, speaking on behalf of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay Nicole Wilke, EU Facilitative Sharing of Views Delegates during the facilitative sharing of views Country presentation by Mongolia Country presentation by Togo Delegates from Japan and the EU ask questions during the session Multilateral Assessment Delegates during the multilateral assessment Country presentation by Germany Country presentation by the Czech Republic Delegates from Indonesia and the US ask questions during the session SBI and SBSTA Chairs' Dialogue with Observer Organizations View of the dais during the dialogue with observers SBI Chair Emmanuel Dlamini, eSwatini, and SBSTA Chair Paul Watkinson, France Moderator Ceris Jones, Farmers Norine Kennedy, Business and Industry NGOs (BINGOs) Manfred Treber, Climate Action Network (CAN) International Zenabou Segda, Women and Gender Bert de Wel, Trade Union NGOs (TUNGOs) Civil Society Demonstrations In an action organized by CliMates, members of civil society advocate for the 'eight rights-based principles of the Paris Agreement preamble' to be included in the 'Paris Agreement Rulebook' Members of the International Federation of Medical Students' Organizations raise awareness about the impact that climate change has on human health Members of civil society call for climate justice, highlighting that '1.5°C is key' to ensuring a sustainable future Around the Venue Delegates gather at the start of the day Youth delegates from the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, UAE, and Mari Luomi, Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Carlos Fuller, Belize (left), speaks with delegates Anna Schulz, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), speaks with Ian Fry, Tuvalu Delegates between sessions Delegates meet informally The National Poland Forest Group plays in the exhibition area
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