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Marrakech Climate Change Conference - November 2016

7-18 November 2016 | Marrakech, Morocco

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Salaheddine Mezouar, COP 22/CMP 12 President, and Ségolène Royal, COP 21/CMP 11 President,
welcome delegates to the Marrakech Climate Change Conference

The Marrakech Climate Change Conference is opened with a traditional Moroccan drumming performance

IISD Reporting Services - COP 22 - CMP 12 On Monday, 7 November, COP 21/CMP 11 President Ségolène Royal, France, opened the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco. Parties elected Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Morocco, as the COP 22/CMP 12 President by acclamation. Welcoming delegates to the "red city," he said the conference demonstrates a whole continent’s commitment to climate action.

Throughout the day, opening plenaries convened for the Conference of the Parties (COP), COP serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA). In the afternoon, SBSTA and SBI contact groups and informal consultations met.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, is providing daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary and analysis report from the Marrakech Climate Change Conference - November 2016.

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COP 22/CMP 12 Opening Plenary


View of the dais during the COP 22/CMP 12 opening plenary


UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa

Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Morocco, and COP 22/CMP 12 President


Mohammed Larbi Belcadi, Mayor of Marrakech, Morocco

Ségolène Royal, COP 21/CMP 11 President

Hoesung Lee, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chair



Ségolène Royal, COP 21/CMP 11 President, hands over the gavel to Salaheddine Mezouar, COP 22/CMP 12 President


Delegates shine solar lights as a symbol of the transformation to clean technology which is essential to achieve the Paris Agreement goals


Performers play traditional Moroccan drums to welcome delegates to the Marrakech Climate Change Conference


Delegates during plenary


Paul Watkinson, France

Elina Bardram, EU


Franz Perrez, Switzerland

Khalid Muhammed Abuleif, Saudi Arabia

Mehmet Emin Birpınar, Turkey



Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) Opening Plenary


View of the dais during the SBSTA opening plenary


SBSTA Chair Carlos Fuller, Belize

Andrea Faulkner, Australia, speaking on
behalf of the Umbrella Group


Martin Cames, EU

Spencer Linus Thomas, Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) Advisory Board

Mareer Mohamed Husny, Maldives


Kanchana Patarachoke, Thailand, speaking
on behalf of the G-77/China

Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO)



Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) Opening Plenary


View of the dais during the SBI opening plenary


SBI Chair Tomasz Chruszczow, Poland

Rawleston Moore, the Global Environment Facility (GEF)


UNFCCC Executive Secretary
Patricia Espinosa

Shereen D'Souza, US

Victor Kabengele wa Kadilu,
Democratic Republic of the Congo



Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) Opening Plenary


View of the dais during the APA opening plenary


APA Co-Chairs Sarah Baashan, Saudi Arabia,
and Jo Tyndall, New Zealand

Patrick Suckling, Australia, speaking on
behalf of the Umbrella Group


Ayman Shasly, Saudi Arabia, speaking on behalf of the Arab Group

Adriana Murillo, Costa Rica, speaking on behalf of the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC)



Contact Groups and Informal Consultations throughout the Day


SBSTA contact group on modalities for the accounting of financial resources provided and mobilized through
public interventions in accordance with Article 9.7 of the Paris Agreement


SBSTA informal consultations on guidance on cooperative approaches referred to in Article 6.2 of the Paris Agreement


SBSTA informal consultations on greenhouse gas data interface


Welcome Reception Hosted by the Government of Morocco


Salaheddine Mezouar, COP 22/CMP 12 President, and Ségolène Royal, COP 21/CMP 11 President, welcome delegates to the reception





Around the Venue


Delegates enter the Marrakech plenary hall


Football stars gather outside the Marrakech plenary

UNFCCC Global Climate Action Champion Hakima El Haité, Morocco, speaks with the press


Delegates from Mali confer

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, WWF International and
former COP 20/CMP 10 President


Hoesung Lee, IPCC Chair, enters the plenary with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa
and Salaheddine Mezouar, COP 22/CMP 12 President


Solar powered lights during the opening plenary

APA Co-Chairs Sarah Baashan, Saudi Arabia,
and Jo Tyndall, New Zealand


Delegates from Oman

Delegates from Venezuela


Moroccan delegates walk throug the venue, lead by UNFCCC Global Climate Champion Hakima El Haité, Morocco


Photographic exhibition on display throughout the venue


Artwork created by Nordine Znati, Morocco



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