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Climate Change Policy & Practice

. Bonn Climate Change Conference - April 2013

29 April - 3 May 2013 | Bonn, Germany
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Highlights from Friday, 3 May

On Friday morning, roundtables took place on closing and wrapping up Workstreams 1 (2015 agreement) and 2 (pre-2020 ambition), respectively. In the afternoon, the first part of ADP 2 held its closing plenary. Co-Chair Dovland noted “intensive work” on the two workstreams in the April session. He said the Co-Chairs will prepare informal notes on the April part of the session and on the plan of work in June, and the workshop facilitators will prepare reports on their respective workshops. Dovland noted that these documents will be available on the UNFCCC website. The Co-Chairs also listed issues that parties had identified for further consideration during the resumed ADP 2 in June. Co-Chair Mauskar thanked parties for their valuable contributions and declared ADP 2 suspended at 3:42 pm.

* Web coverage for Friday, 3 May 2013

A view of the plenary hall in the World Conference Center Bonn

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, ADP Co-Chairs Jayant Mauskar and Harald Dovland and members of the Secretariat

 
 
 
Henrik Harboe, Norway, Artur Runge-Metzger, EU, Quamrul Islam Chowdhury, Bangladesh, Burhan Gafoor, Singapore, and André Corrêa do Lago, Brazil

 

Delegates from the African Union Commission and the African Development Bank
Burhan Gafoor, Singapore
Kasia Snyder, Poland, speaking on behalf of the COP 19 Presidency

A view of the dais prior to the convening of the morning roundtable

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and John Hay, UNFCCC Media Relations Officer, during a press briefing

Jan Kowalzig, Oxfam, and Julie-Anne Richards, Climate Action Network, during a CAN press briefing
David Walsh and Artur Runge-Metzger, EU, during a press conference

The World Conference Center Bonn

Thursday, 2 May 2013

 

On Thursday morning, two roundtables took place. During the roundtable on catalyzing action in relation to Workstream 2 (pre-2020 ambition), delegates discussed possible ways for catalyzing action, including through addressing sectors with high mitigation potential, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency. During the roundtable on mitigation in relation to Workstream 1 (2015 agreement), some delegates identified key elements for commitments in the context of the future agreement. Co-Chair Harald Dovland (Norway) noted "numerous" references to nationally determined commitments, and suggested further discussions on these, including on possible timeframes.

On Thursday afternoon, two roundtables took place. During the roundtable on transparency of action and support in relation to Workstream 1, delegates expressed their views on enhancing transparency of: mitigation action; and means of implementation, including financial support. A roundtable on building a practical and results-oriented approach to increasing pre-2020 ambition (Workstream 2) also took place. Parties addressed, inter alia, renewable energy, energy efficiency, HFCs, REDD+, fossil fuel subsidies, means of implementation, results- and needs-based approaches, unilateral measures and ministerial engagement.


During a special lunchtime event, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and the ADP Co-Chairs met with observers, who were invited to respond to the points raised during the workshops and roundtables.

* Web coverage for Thursday, 2 May 2013

 
  UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres addresses observer organizations during a special event with the ADP Co-Chairs

 

Vietnam intervenes during the roundtable on catalyzing action
Zou Ji, China, intervening during the roundtable on mitigation

EU delegates consulting

 
 

A view of the room during special event with the ADP Co-Chairs and observers

 
 

Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists, Meena Raman, Third World Network, and Robert Jordan, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, during the event

Ian Fry, Tuvalu, speaking for the LDCs
Bhutan intervening during the roundtable

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

 

On Wednesday morning, a roundtable took place on adaptation in relation to Workstream 1 (2015 agreement). Co-Chair Harald Dovland noted general agreement that adaptation should be included in the 2015 agreement, and that many parties stressed the importance of a balance between adaptation and mitigation. He identified convergence on using existing institutions, saying they may need to be strengthened, and noted proposals, inter alia, for a workshop and a technical paper. A roundtable on the means of implementation also took place in relation to Workstream 1. Co-Chair Muskar summarized that the discussion had addressed finance, technology and capacity building, and noted views that monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) is essential for all three pillars. He also recalled proposals for roundtables and technical papers, saying these can be further discussed on Friday.


On Wednesday afternoon,  ADP 2 convened a workshop on land-based mitigation opportunities in relation to Workstream 2 (pre-2020 ambition), which explored the role of national actions in increasing ambition, the role of international cooperative initiatives in strengthening national actions, and the role of means of implementation in facilitating an increase in ambition. Delegates heard two expert presentations on: managing land use and forests - a scientific perspective on carbon conservation and sequestration; and an overview of experience on the ground in the area of land use and climate change, challenges and opportunities. Some delegates described their national experiences and views on what further steps the ADP could take to advance its work on increasing ambition.

* Web coverage for Wednesday, 1 May 2013

 
  ADP Co-Chairs Harald Dovland and Jayant Mauskar

 

Paul Watkinson, EU, intervening on means of implementation
Isabel Cavelier, Colombia, speaking for the Independent Alliance of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC)

A view of the dais during the workshop on opportunities for adaptation and mitigation related to land use

Gary Cowan, Australia, facilitated the workshop
ADP Co-Chairs Jayant Mauskar and Harald Dovland with Katia Simeonova, UNFCCC Secretariat
 
 

A view of the room during the presentation of Rene Orellana, Bolivia, who discussed delivering mitigation and adaptation outcomes through actions on land-use

Maria Sanchez Sanz, FAO, provided an overview of experience on the ground in the area of land use and climate change, as well as challenges and opportunities.
Riccardo Valentini, Professor, Forest Ecology Department for Innovation in Biological, Agro-Food and Forest Systems, University of Tuscia, Italy, and Global Carbon Project, discussed managing land use and forests from a scientific perspective on carbon conservation and sequestration.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

 

On Tuesday, the workshop on low-emission development opportunities took place, facilitated by Alexa Kleysteuber (Chile). It included expert presentations by LEDS Global Partnership and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and a panel discussion with the UK, Kenya, China, UNEP for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, China, C40 Cities: Climate Leadership Group and Norway. These were followed by general discussion, which continued in the afternoon. Two roundtables also took place in the afternoon. The first related to the ADP’s workstream 2 (pre-2020 ambition) and focused on catalysing action. The second related to the ADP’s workstream 1 (the 2015 agreement) with an emphasis on setting the scene.

* Web coverage for Tuesday, 30 April 2013

 
  A view of the dais during the morning workshop on low-emission development opportunities

 

Ron Benioff, Director, LEDS Global Partnership, discussed advancing climate-resilient low-emission development around the world
Dolf Geilen, Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre, discussed opportunities for renewable energy deployment
Workshop Facilitator Alexa Kleysteuber, Chile (right), with the workshop presenters
Merlyn Van-Voore, UNEP's Climate and Clean Air Coalition, speaking during the workshop

A view of the dais during the workshop

André Corrêa do Lago, Brazil, intervenes during the workshop
Christo Artusio, US, and Bernaditas Muller, the Philippines, chatting during the roundtable

Monday, 29 April 2013

 

The opening plenary of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2) took place on Monday morning at the World Conference Center Bonn. Co-Chair Jayant Mauskar (India) recalled agreement at COP 18 in Doha that the ADP move in 2013 to a more focused mode of work.
The ADP adopted the agenda (FCCC/ADP/2013/1) and agreed to the organization of work (ADP.2013.1.InformalNote). Parties also agreed to suspend ADP 2 on Friday and resume it in June. Co-Chair Mauskar informed delegates that the ADP would decide on Friday whether to establish a contact group co-chaired by the ADP Co-Chairs. Parties and observer organizations made opening statements. The ADP also began its consideration of the agenda item on implementation of all the elements of decision 1/CP.17 (Durban Platform for Enhanced Action), which includes workstreams 1 (the 2015 agreement) and 2 (pre-2020 ambition).


On Monday afternoon and evening, a workshop took place in relation to workstream 1 on the scope, structure and design of the 2015 agreement. The first part of the workshop focused on design aspects for an ambitious, durable and effective 2015 agreement that mobilizes national action. The second part of the workshop focused on applying the Convention’s principles in the 2015 agreement.

* Web coverage for Monday, 29 April 2013

A view of the dais during the opening plenary (l-r): UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, Halldor Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Secretariat, Andrew Higham, ADP Secretary, and ADP Co-Chairs Jayant Mauskar, India, and Harald Dovland, Norway

SBSTA Chair Richard Muyungi, Tanzania, addresses the ADP
Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, during the opening plenary

SBI Chair Tomasz Chruszczow, Poland, addresses the ADP

Justin Lee, Australia, speaking for the Umbrella Group
Delegates consulting during the ADP plenary
Fiji, speaking for the G-77/China, during the ADP opening plenary
David Walsh, Ireland, speaking for the European Union

Delegates listen during the workshop presentations

Oleg Shamanov, Russian Federation and ADP Rapporteur
Adam Matthews, Secretary General of the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE), discussed the landscape of national legislative arrangements on climate change, during the workshop on scope, structure and design of the 2015 agreement
Tara Shine, Mary Robinson Foundation–Climate Justice, discussed perspectives on equity
Tom Athanasiou, Climate Action Network
Anabella Rosemberg, International Trade Union Confederation
Nick Campbell, International Chamber of Commerce, intervening during the roundtable
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*IISD RS summary report of the UNFCCC Expert Meeting on Technology Roadmaps and Fifth Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC), 25 and 26-27 March 2013, Bonn, Germany (Technology Roadmaps summary: HTML - PDF) (TEC summary: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the Doha Climate Change Conference - November 2012, 26 November - 8 December 2012, Doha, Qatar

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*IISD RS coverage of the Durban Climate Change Conference - November 2011, 28 November - 11 December 2011, Durban, South Africa

*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at the Durban Climate Change Conference - November 2011, 28 November - 9 December 2011, Durban, South Africa

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