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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 of main proceedings for 12 December 2019

Chile/Madrid Climate Change Conference - December 2019

Highlights for Thursday, 12 December 2019 On the penultimate day of COP 25, a sign in the corridors reminds delegates of the urgency of reaching a positive outcome. The pace of the Chile/Madrid Climate Change slowed for many delegates on its penultimate day. Parties-only consultations continued on several issues, putting considerable work on some high-ranking delegates’ shoulders while others were left on the sidelines.In the morning, a stocktaking session gave all delegates an opportunity to catch up on closed-door discussions. Ministers provided updates, with varying level of detail, on the negotiations on: Article 6 (market and non-market mechanisms); Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM); Response measures; and The outcome decisions for this meeting. For issues under the purview of the COP Presidency, namely the periodic review of the long-term global goal, gender, and the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE), the COP President was clear that these should be agreed to by the evening. She encouraged parties to have finance-related issues ready by Thursday evening so that they could be agreed upon the next day.When plenary convened in the evening, some issues had been finalized. The COP adopted decisions, including on the terms of reference for the CGE. Decisions forwarded from the subsidiary bodies on Monday, 9 December were adopted, as were procedural decisions.Leaving the venue, tired delegates grasped at the chance of a few hours’ sleep, despite not knowing when a plenary session might reappear on Friday’s schedule.For more details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB). 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 Presidency Stocktaking Plenary After several days of negotiations taking place in closed and informal settings, plenary is filled to capacity as Carolina Schmidt, COP 25 President, Chile, convenes the Presidency stocktaking. James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change, New Zealand Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister for Environment and Climate, Sweden Simon Stiell, Minister of Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry, Fisheries, Disaster Management and Information, Grenada Teresa Ribera, Minister for the Ecological Transition, Spain Mohamed Nasr, Egypt, speaking on behalf of the African Group Nicole Wilke, EU Hussain Rasheed Hassan, Minister of Environment, Maldives Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore Tenzin Wangmo, Bhutan, speaking on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Gary William Theseira, Malaysia, speaking on behalf of the Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs) Closing Plenaries: Part 1 View of the dais during the first part of the COP closing plenary. Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) Chair Emmanuel Dlamini, eSwatini Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) Chair Paul Watkinson, France Xiaofeng Guo, China Carolina Schmidt, COP 25 President, Chile UN Heads of Organizations Leadership Dialogue: Turning the Tide on Deforestation UN Heads of Organizations participate in an interactive leadership dialogue to discuss solutions for the achievement of zero net deforestation. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw Moderator Yugratna Srivastava, Youth NGOs (YOUNGOs) Qu Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Achim Steiner, Administrator, UN Development Programme (UNDP) UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Inger Andersen Informal Consultations Delegates participate in a technical drafting group on the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM). Delegates attend a briefing by the Special Envoy for the UN Secretary-General's 2019 Climate Action Summit on the outcomes of the Summit. Delegates during the Presidency consultations on the report and terms of reference of the Consultative Group of Experts. Civil Society Demonstrations 'SustainaClaus and the Sustainies' sing the 'Panic Song' to remind people about the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), encouraging people to shop locally and to 'not feed the carbon monster' this Christmas season. Around the Venue John Kerry, former US Secretary of State, conducts an interview with media. Franz Perrez, Switzerland, speaks with the press. Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University, during an interview. SBSTA family photo. Rueanna Hayes, Saint Kitts and Nevis, speaks with Damon Jones, Grenada. Ovais Sarmad, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Ismail El Gizouli, Sudan Monica Schlottau, South Africa Youssef Nassef, UNFCCC Secretariat Delegates consult informally. Kimberly Carnahan, US
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