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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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