Bonn Climate Change Conference 2018

Under the Presidency of Fiji, the Climate Change Conference took place from 30 April - 10 May 2018 and all three of the subsidiary bodies of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) convened in Bonn.

It brought together more than 3400 participants, representatives of governments, agencies, intergovernmental organizations, civil society organizations and members of the media. Over the course of the two weeks, the 48th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and the 5th session of the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement also took place.

Beyond that, different views of the subsidiary bodies on the Paris Agreement Work Programme, progressing work and future ways of facilitating the Paris Agreement have been discussed. The COP 22 and COP 23 presidencies have conducted consultations on the Talanoa Dialogue throughout 2017 and these talks were further continued during the Bonn Climate Change Conference. As part of the dialogue, stakeholders and the parties were striving to assess global efforts to meet long-term mitigation goals and discussed the future nationally determined contributions (NDCs). The synthesis report is expected to be published at the Katowice Climate Change Conference in December 2018, which will elaborate on the outcomes of the questions “Where are we?” “Where do we want to go?” and “How do we get there?”.

Aside from this, the issues, which are related to the ongoing implementation of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol, were reviewed more thoroughly. A decision on the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture was adopted by the SBI and SBSTA. The Subsidiary Body for Implementation recommended a decision to the Conference of the Parties (COP) regarding the review of the effective implementation of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). In addition, SBI also recommended that the COP conclude consideration of coordination of support for the implementation of activities in relation to mitigation actions in the forest sector by developing countries, including institutional arrangements.

As the next Climate Change Conference in Katowice is approaching, there are still some unanswered questions left. Past agreements in Kyoto, Cancun, Durban and Paris benefited from clear leadership and willingness to build alliances across traditional divides. A readjustment of the multilateral relations automatically poses the challenge of future leadership throughout the upcoming conferences.

To read more about the outcomes of the Bonn Climate Change Conference, please follow this link.

A summary by the IISD Reporting Services can be found here.

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