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Bonn Climate Change Conference - June 2019

Highlights for Thursday, 20 June 2019 UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa takes a family photo with the Youth NGOs (YOUNGOs). On Thursday, the Bonn Climate Change Conference continued, carefully working in negotiating rooms while also thinking more broadly in various thematic meetings and mandated events.The need for science-based action for transformational change echoed more strongly than ever as Martin Frick, UNFCCC Secretariat, opened the Technical Expert Meeting by praising researchers and knowledge holders, reminding participants that “We need to speak about a climate emergency, not just climate change anymore.” In the research dialogue, experts stressed solutions were available, but under used, to transform the energy sector and build resilience. A common theme was the need to translate and transmit science and social science to policy makers. In other fora, delegates stressed the importance of scientific assessments in informing the periodic review of the Long-term Global Goal and the review of the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage associated with climate change impacts.Much of the negotiations continued the focus on Article 6 (markets and non-market approaches) and how countries will report through the Paris Agreement’s enhanced transparency framework. The tasks on these issues are very different. For Article 6, delegates are working to create three new institutions, for internationally transferrable mitigation outcomes (ITMOs), a market mechanism, and non-market approaches.For many of the other issues discussed, parties are trying to find ways to make existing systems fit for purpose under the Paris Agreement. For reporting formats, this means reviewing existing forms and templates, and considering how to make them appropriate for all countries to use. Many are currently designed to be used either by developed or developing countries. Countries are trying to work out how to make sure developed countries continue to provide the same, or more, information, while allowing developing countries the flexibilities they need given how difficult it can be to gather and report technical information.Building national capacities to implement the Paris Agreement was the focus of the Durban Forum for Capacity-building. Participants brainstormed on the role of academia and research institutes, and how to coordinate national and international stakeholders. Of interest to many was best practices for showcasing, and assessing, the effectiveness of capacity-building activities.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 Technical Expert Meeting on Mitigation Delegates gather for the Technical Expert Meeting on Mitigation (TEM) SBI Chair Emmanuel Dlamini, eSwatini, and Martin Frick, UNFCCC Secretariat Torgny Holmgren, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), and Bernd-Markus Liss, GIZ Melina Balderrama Durán, Helvetas Swiss Development Organization Gaurav Kumar, Claro Energy, and Jennie Barron, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 8th Durban Forum on Capacity-Building A delegate listens to the panel during the 8th Durban Forum on Capacity-building. Co-Facilitator Stella Gama, Malawi Mizan Khan, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) Jakob Rhyner, Innovation Campus Bonn Rebecca Carman, UN Development Programme Eleventh Meeting of the Research Dialogue Delegates gather for the eleventh meeting of the research dialogue that discussed two themes: transformation of energy and other sectoral systems to achieve the purpose and long-term goals of the Paris Agreement; and transformative adaptation and climate resilient development. Jim Skea, Working Group III Co-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Boram Lee, World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Sheila Ochugboju, Specialist Facilitator Elmar Kriegler, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) Marta Torres Gunfaus, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) Delegates visit a poster display highlighting research related to the themes of the dialogue. Executive Secretary's Briefing with Observers UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa holds a briefing with observer organizations. Beth Martin, Research and Independent NGOs (RINGOs) Nathan Thanki, Climate Justice Now! Yunus Arikan, Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMAs) Bert De Wel, Trade Union NGOs (TUNGOs) Consultations throughout the Day SBSTA informal consultations on matters relating to Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. SBSTA informal consultations on common tabular formats (CTF) for reporting information necessary to track progress made in implementing and achieving nationally determined contributions. SBI informal consultations on matters relating to the Adaptation Fund: membership of the Adaptation Fund Board. Around the Venue Ovais Sarmad, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Hans-Otto Pörtner, Working Group II Co-Chair, IPCC, speaks with SBSTA Chair Paul Watkinson, France Olga Alcaraz and Gisela Torrents, Polytechnic University of Catalonia UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa Launch of the Global Youth Video Competition. Delegates from Sudan Pieter Terpstra, the Netherlands (right) Delegates meet informally during the day. Rob Bradley, NDC Partnership Delegates visit the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) website to keep track of negotiations. A display of youth activists from around the world. Materials on display 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 11 December 2018

Katowice Climate Change Conference - December 2018

Highlights for Tuesday, 11 December 2018 Members of the African Group consult informally between sessions Posted by IISD Reporting Services on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 The Katowice Climate Change Conference continued on Tuesday, opening with the political phase of the Talanoa Dialogue. It met throughout the day in 21 ministerial roundtables, to share stories that could help raise climate ambition.The Presidency continued to convene consultations on issues central to the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP), including: Mitigation/nationally determined contributions (NDCs); Adaptation; Global stocktake; Technology; Agreement Article 6 (cooperative approaches); Implementation and compliance committee; and Response measures. In the evening, COP 24 President Michał Kurtyka convened a stocktaking where he reported “insufficient progress.” With only three days of negotiations left, he appointed ministers to consult with parties to reach consensus on the outstanding issues. 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 Talanoa Dialogue Opening Meeting View of the dais during the opening meeting of the Talanoa Dialogue Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa Frank Bainimarama, COP 23 President IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee Laurent Fabius, COP 21 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, COP 20 President Delegates during the session Henryk Kowalczyk, Minister of the Environment, Poland Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Indigenous Peoples Ragna Árnadóttir, Landsvirkjun, Iceland Inia Seruiratu, Minister of Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, and National Disaster Management, and High-level Climate Champion, Fiji Ministers participate in high-level 'Talanoas' throughout the day Presidency Consultations throughout the Day Presidency consultations on technology Presidency consultations on compliance and implementation Presidency consultations on Agreement Article 6 (cooperative approaches) Family photo of negotiators working on the transparency framework Presidency's Stocktaking View of the dais during the stocktaking Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President Jo Tyndall, New Zealand, and Sarah Baashan, Saudi Arabia Paul Watkinson, France Emmanuel Dlamini, eSwatini Yassmin Abdelaziz, Minister of Environment, Egypt Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety, Germany Gender Day High-level Event Martin Frick, UNFCCC Secretariat Princess Abze Djigme, Burkina Faso Teresa Ribera, Minister for the Ecological Transition, Spain, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa stands with the winners of the UN Climate Action Award Materials on display around the venue discussing gender related issues APA Co-Chairs' Dialogue with Observer Organizations Delegates during the dialogue Moderator Lina Dabbagh, Climate Action Network (CAN) International APA Co-Chairs Jo Tyndall, New Zealand, and Sarah Baashan, Saudi Arabia Hwei Mian Lim, Women and Gender Christian Holz, CAN International Presidency's Briefing to Observer Organizations Delegates during the session Artur Lorkowski, COP 24 Presidency Moderator Yunus Arikan, Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMAs) Tracy Bach, Research and Independent NGOs (RINGOs) Keyon Rostamnezhad, Youth NGOs (YOUNGOs) Civil Society Demonstrations Members of the Indigenous Peoples constituency advocate for the rights of indigenous people to be respected and included in the 'Paris Agreement Rulebook' Youth from Easter Island perform a traditional dance to remind delegates of the important role that youth and indigenous people play in addressing climate change Members of Plant-for-the-Planet hand out chocolates to give delegates energy for the long negotiations Around the Venue UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa speaks with Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, European Commission A delegate poses for a photo with Frank Bainimarama, COP 23 President Members of the IPCC and the COP 23 Presidency Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), speaks with a delegate Laurent Fabius, COP 21 President, speaks with IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa speaks with Frank Bainimarama, COP 23 President Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Indigenous Peoples Catherine Stewart, Canada Delegates meeting informally Delegates between sessions Aerial views of the Earth
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Highlights and images for 5 September 2018

Bangkok Climate Change Conference - September 2018

Incoming COP 24 President Michał Kurtyka, Poland On Wednesday, delegates at the Bangkok Climate Change Conference continued negotiations on the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP), including on issues related to: transparency; adaptation, including the future of the Adaptation Fund; predictability of finance; technology; the global stocktake; market and non-market approaches; response measures; implementation and compliance; and possible additional PAWP items. Observer organizations met with the Incoming COP 24 Presidency and with the Presiding Officers of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA), Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). Negotiations will continue on Thursday, when an APA stocktaking meeting and an informal joint stocktaking plenary of the SBI, SBSTA and APA will also convene.For extensive details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin. IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports from the Bangkok Climate Change Conference - September 2018. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has publish a summary and analysis report from the Conference.   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 SBI informal consultations on the Technology Mechanism Informal consultations on the transparency framework (APA agenda item 5) SBI/SBSTA informal consultations on response measures Informal consultations on other matters except the Adaptation Fund (APA agenda item 8) Informal consultations on adaptation communication (APA agenda item 4) SBI informal consultations on common timeframes for nationally determined contributions (NDCs) SBI informal consultations on modalities and procedures for a public registry referred to in Agreement Article 7.12 (adaptation communication) Incoming Presidency's Meeting with Observer Organizations Incoming COP 24 President Michał Kurtyka, Poland, addresses observers Alden Meyer, Trade Union NGOs (TUNGOs) Nathan Thanki, Climate Justice Now! (CJN!), Environmental NGOs (ENGOs) Observers during the meeting APA Co-Chairs' Dialogue with Observer Organizations APA Co-Chairs Sarah Baashan, Saudi Arabia, and Jo Tyndall, New Zealand, address observers Jasmin Irisha Jim Ilham, Youth NGOs (YOUNGOs) Shradha Shreejaya, Women and Gender SBI Chair's Dialogue with Observer Organizations SBI Chair Emmanuel Dlamini, eSwatini, addresses observers Majda Dabaghi, Business NGOs (BINGOs) Tracy Bach, Research and Independent NGOs (RINGOs) SBSTA Chair's Dialogue with Observer Organizations SBSTA Chair Paul Watkinson, France, addresses observers Jean-Marc Garreau, Farmers Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Indigenous Peoples Around the Venue Negotiation rooms are filled to capacity throughout the day Delegates consult informally Trigg Talley, US, speaks with delegates Delegates speak in the corridors A memorial for former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Philip Weech, Bahamas, speaks with a delegate Isabel Di Carlo Quero, Venezuela, and Lidia Wojtal, Austria Franz Perrez, Switzerland, speaks with Johanna Lissinger Peitz, Sweden Laura Lopez, UNFCCC Secretariat UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa speaks with delegates from Morocco Henrik Eriksen, Norway APA Co-Chair Sarah Baashan, Saudi Arabia  
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