The Bonn Climate Conference continued on Thursday, with informal consultations and contact groups under the SBSTA. The ADP conducted informal consultations during the morning and a plenary in the afternoon.
As the Bonn Climate Conference begins to wind to a close, delegates had the opportunity to reflect on the meeting in Bonn and the road to COP 19 in Warsaw in November.
The Bonn Climate Conference continued on Wednesday. An Informal Plenary convened under the ADP to discuss progress and areas for further work. Informal consultations and contact groups convened under the SBSTA.
During lunch a special event providing an update on the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) took place. And, in the evening we attended an event presented by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition discussing the benefits of reducing short-lived climate pollutants.
The Bonn Climate Conference continued on Tuesday. Contact groups and informal consultations took place under the SBSTA. An informal ADP meeting convened. Delegates waited anxiously throughout the morning for the beginning of the SBI plenary.
The SBI plenary convened shortly before lunch, and it was quickly clear that the Chair’s proposed compromise could not serve as the basis for consensus. The meeting closed without adoption of the agenda and the SBI will not reconvene until it’s closing plenary on Friday.
The second week of the Bonn Climate Conference opened with informal consultations and workshops under the SBSTA. Informal consultations continued on the SBI agenda. The ADP held roundtables as well as an informal meeting to discuss how to proceed.
During lunch a special event took place on enabling environments and policy frameworks for long-term finance.
The event gave panelists and delegates the chance to reflect on enabling environments.
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.