The first week of negotiations at the Bonn Climate Conference wraps up today, providing an opportunity to reflect on what has been accomplished and the work for the week ahead. Today, informal consultations took place under the SBSTA along with ADP roundtables. Informal consultations on the SBI agenda continued.
As the week ended, many in the halls were pleased with the progress made by the SBSTA. With the SBI on hold, SBSTA contact groups, informal consultations and workshops filled the daily programme. This gave negotiators the opportunity to make tangible progress on various agenda items, including on the 2nd phase of the Nairobi Work Programme, REDD-plus and response measures, among others. Agriculture is proving more challenging. Delegates sought to make as much progress as possible on other items linked to those on the SBI agenda, such as MRV and market and non-market mechanisms.
Meanwhile in the SBI, informal consultations on the agenda continued. Some parties and observers grew increasingly anxious to get down to work. They worried that the SBI would be unable to make important progress required for resolution of issues in Warsaw. Others acknowledged the importance of the issues raised. Efforts to find consensus continued throughout the first week and as of this afternoon the impasse remained.
Under the ADP, roundtables on many issues took place. These included: variety of actions; building a practical results-oriented approach to increasing pre-2020 ambition; enhancing adaptation through the 2015 agreement. Briefing and workshops also convened. Informal consultations on Friday discussed whether to continue roundtables or move to more concrete negotiations. While many parties seem to think it’s time to start negotiations, competing visions exist on what the final goal and scope of those negotiations should be.
Looking ahead, it is clear that much work remains to be done in Bonn despite tangible progress on important issues.
The Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Friday, opening with an SBI plenary to address the issue of the agenda. A number of informal consultations and workshops convened on routine items under the SBSTA. The ADP also convened, including informal consultations on how to proceed.
The ongoing delay for the SBI was addressed in a crowded plenary and a friends’ of the chair group was established to try and resolve the issue.
In the afternoon a workshop convened on the need to improve coordination of support for the implementation of REDD-plus. Chair Keith Anderson introduced the workshop.
The Bonn Climate Change Talks continued on Thursday with a number of contact groups, information consultations and workshops meeting under the SBSTA. Delegates also convened for a number of activities under the ADP.
During lunch delegates and observers attended the informal consultations by the incoming presidency of COP 19, taking place this November in Warsaw, Poland. The Polish presidency outlined their vision for COP 19, assuring they would conduct a transparent, inclusive and party driven process, while facilitating meaningful stakeholder engagement.
Delegates and observers then identified their outcome priorities.
Day three of the Bonn Climate Change Conference opened with participants continuing to wait out the impasse over the SBI’s agenda. Meanwhile contact groups and informal consultations convened under the SBSTA. Roundtables under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (the ADP) took place.
In the morning, the opening plenary of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP) convened, as well as the Forum on Response Measures. In the afternoon, the following meetings convened: second meeting of the Durban Forum on Capacity Building; SBSTA research dialogue; and ADP Workstream 1 Roundtable on a Variety of Actions. In the morning and afternoon, various contact groups and informal consultations were held under SBSTA.