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Highlights from the Bonn Climate Change Conference 2016

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IPIECA attended the most recent UN climate change meeting which ran from 16-26 May in Bonn, Germany. As the first official meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since the Paris Agreement was made at COP21 in December, the group were tasked with beginning to make the preparations required for the Paris Agreement to enter into force. In her opening address, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, acknowledged this as the time to move beyond concepts to a new reality, in ‘a new era of collaboration’.

The technical bodies for scientific and technological advice, implementation and the newly formed Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA), have a lot of work to create the rules and procedures needed to implement the Paris Agreement. This includes overall reporting and transparency arrangements, details on the stock-taking process, rules for accounting financial resources, and how science should inform the implementation of the Agreement. This remained the focus at the Bonn meeting, where Parties were encouraged to push ahead with the detailed elements of the Paris Agreement, whilst keeping momentum on pace, as it is anticipated that the Agreement may enter into force early, and well before 2020.

To date, there have been 177 signatories to the Agreement, with 17 Parties already ratifying. The next major milestone will be COP22 to be held in Marrakech in November, where focused discussions will need to take place to ensure all modalities are covered.

IPIECA will be circulating a report outlining the details and outcomes from the meeting for members.