The UNFCCC Bonn Climate Change Conference will take place from 8 to 18 May 2017 at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany. It will include the forty-sixth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI46) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 46), as well as the third part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-3).
The two-week round of negotiations and meetings of the technical bodies will serve to further finalise the Paris Agreement rule book, which is needed to make the Paris Agreement operational and fulfil its ambition to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. The conference also serves as a preparation for the COP 23 in November. With a particular perspective on Pacific Islands and other Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), the Fijian Presidency defined finance for climate adaptation and resilience and the monitoring of adherence through the rulebook to the Paris Agreement as key issues for the COP 23, topics to be addressed in May as well.
What to expect
APA 1-3 will provide modalities, procedures and guidance for several provisions of the Paris Agreement. In the mitigation section, APA 1-3 will address features of nationally determined contributions (NDCs), information to facilitate clarity, transparency and understanding of NDCs and accounting for Parties’ NDCs. It will further provide guidance in relation to the adaptation communications and more information on the transparency framework for action and support. APA 1-3 will also deal with matters relating the global stocktake and modalities and procedures for the effective operation of the committee to facilitate implementation and promote compliance. It will also prepare for the convening of the first session of the Conference of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1) and take stock of the progress made by subsidiary constituted bodies in relation to their mandated work under the Paris Agreement, including the consideration of matters related to the Adaptation Fund.
Numerous topics will be discussed within SBI 46. It will not only cover the reporting from Parties, but also the development of modalities and procedures for the operation and use of the public registries referred to in the Paris Agreement. It will further review the modalities and procedures of the clean development mechanism, as well as addressing matters related to the least developed countries and national adaptation plans. Additionally, SBI 46 will discuss the development and transfer of technologies, matters relating to climate finance and capacity building, together with the impact of the implementation of response measures and the scope of the next periodic review of the long-term global goal under the Convention and of overall progress towards achieving it.
Participants of SBSTA 46 will discuss about the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, the development and transfer of technologies, and issues related to agriculture. Furthermore, it will cover matters relating to science and review, the impact of the implementation of response measures and methodological issues under the Convention and under the Kyoto Protocol. Corresponding to the Paris Agreement, topics like the technology framework, matters related to cooperative approaches referred by Article 6 of the Agreement, and modalities for accounting financial resources provided and mobilized through public interventions will be discussed.
Regions of the nrg4SD and its RegionsAdapt initiative together with the nrg4SD Secretariat will be in Bonn to present their contributions to address the goals of the Paris Agreement and defend the need for further engagement and coordination of regional governments in the formulation and implementation of climate change policies.
The position of regional governments will also be present through the side event “RegionsAdapt: Regional governments as key actors in climate adaptation” organised by nrg4SD in the afternoon of 8 May from 4:45pm to 6:15pm. The event will focus on the importance of multi-level governance and the significance of regional governments in climate adaptation.
nrg4SD will also participate in the side event “Marrakesh Partnership: Building trust and inclusiveness in non-Party stakeholder engagement” organised by the York University and Colorado State University on 13 March – 11:30am to 1:00pm. The panel will focus on the role of multi-stakeholder dialogues under the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action for building trust and inclusiveness in non-Party stakeholder engagement.
Other important events for regional governments will include:
- the “Workshop on opportunities to further enhance the effective engagement of non-Party stakeholders with a view to strengthening the implementation of the provisions of decision 1/CP.21” to be held in the afternoon of 9 May. The programme of the workshop will reflect the content of submissions made by Parties, UN agencies observer organisations and other non-Party stakeholders. It is an important opportunity to review the process of observer participation in the UNFCCC, as well as to present new ideas on observer participation and to engage in an open discussion. The outcomes of the workshop will assist Parties in deliberations on this topic to provide guidance and identify next steps.
- 2017 Interconnections Conference to be convened alongside the Bonn Climate Change Conference from 12 to 13 May. The conference will focus on the interconnections between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement and will explore the role of non-state and subnational actors in implementing these agendas.
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