Bonn Climate Change Conference 3-13 June 2013

Jun 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Development and Climate Change, Events, Government Policies, International Agencies, Lessons, News, UNFCCC, Vulnerability

The thirty-eighth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 38) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 38), as well as the second part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-2) is taking place at Maritim Hotel from 3-14 June 2013 in Bonn, Germany.

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.


ADP Co-Chairs’ special event with observers
At this special event, the ADP Co-Chairs, Mr. Jayant Moreshver Mauskar of India and Mr. Harald Dovland of Norway, provided observers with an opportunity to present concrete ideas and proposals on how non-State actors can further contribute to collective action on climate change, and how such action could be enhanced and promoted. Observers not physically present in the room were invited to participate virtually via live webcast and Twitter.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, stressed to observers that the special event was a strategic moment for non-State actors to provide valuable inputs into the negotiations towards a 2015 agreement and into raising immediate climate ambition.

ADP workstream 1 round tables on variety of enhanced actions, parts 3 and 4
The focus at the round table part 3 on the theme of enhanced actions was on managing ambition in accordance with science and equity, with Parties emphasizing the importance of the principles of fairness, equity and science in framing the 2015 agreement. Ideas were put forward on possible means of calculating the level of ambition, and constructive proposals were made for possible tasks and timelines for the process until 2015.

At the round table part 4, the importance of providing means of implementation in an integrated manner (and MRV of support) was highlighted, especially through already established institutions, for example GCF/CTCN/TEC. Issues raised included the need for further clarity on financial commitments, as well as leveraging private finance through the public sector, and the importance of enabling environments to attract investments.

Workstream 2 round table on building a practical approach to increasing pre-2020 ambition
This round table took forward the debate on closing the gap between what is required to keep the world below a maximum two degrees Celsius temperature rise and current pledges. Governments also examined means of enhancing climate finance, technology and capacity-building to enable developing countries to adapt to climate change and green their economies.

During the discussion, Parties discussed key elements for a shift in investment patterns, including: reducing investment risk for investors; public-private partnerships; a long-term legally binding agreement; and strong domestic institutions in recipient countries.

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