Highlights and images for 21 June 2019



Highlights for Friday, 21 June 2019

Members of civil society demonstrate outside the venue as part of the international movement of school students striking to demand action to prevent further global warming.

IPCC-49 The Bonn Climate Change Conference continued on Friday. Discussions were technical, with countries negotiating a range of issues that are crucial for implementing the Paris Agreement.A common theme in these detailed discussions was data: what data to gather, how to present it, what data is fair to expect from developing countries. Countries discussed how to report their projected future greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which can help the world understand the looming climate challenge, and the impact that today’s policies can have in the future. These projections can be difficult for developing countries to report, in part because they are based on historical emissions for which there may be little data. Conversely, as reported in discussions on the GHG data interface, a growing number of developing countries are reporting their emissions data.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global body that, among other functions, outlines how countries can report their data, presented the refinements to its GHG inventory guidelines in a special event. The guidelines will be used by parties to report their GHG emissions and removals under the Paris Agreement.Also speaking in numbers, the UNFCCC Executive Secretary reminded us that “in today’s world, facts matter.” For her, four numbers mattered:

  • 1.5°C: A key goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise;
  • 2050: When countries are to achieve carbon neutrality;
  • 2030: When countries must limit global emissions by 45%; and
  • 2020: When new or revised nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are due.
  • Others also spoke of a climate emergency outside the venue - young people from 16 countries were demonstrating in nearby Aachen and more demonstrators gathered in support nearer the negotiations. For some, this was a sharp contrast between those preparing civil disobedience out of a sense of urgency and what many saw as an increase in technical negotiation delays.For more details on the day's events and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB).

    IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from the Bonn Climate Change Conference - June 2019, which is now available in HTML and PDF.

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    Third Meeting of the Paris Committee on Capacity-Building
    Delegates attend the third meeting of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB).
    Renilde Ndayishimiyo, Burundi
    Crispin d'Auvergne, Saint Lucia
    Adriana Valenzuela, Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE)
    PCCB Co-Chair Rita Mishaan, Guatemala
    Madeleine Diouf Sarr, Adaptation Committee
    Technical Expert Meeting
    A delegate takes notes during the Technical Expert Meeting (TEM).
    Moderator Sasha Koo-Oshima, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)
    Peter Minang, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
    Ben Sonneveld, VU University Amsterdam
    Ina Säumel, Humboldt University
    Briefing Session with the High-Level Champions on Global Climate Action
    The room is filled to capacity as delegates attend the briefing session.
    UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa
    Shyla Raghav, Conservation International
    Gonzalo Muñoz, High-Level Champion, Chile
    Tomasz Chruszczow, High-Level Champion, Poland
    After commenting that "we need to bridge the political divides" that prevent us from taking climate action, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa thanks the High-Level Champions for the important role they play in fostering cooperation and inspiring climate action.
    Partnership-Building Dialogue on Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform
    Delegates gather for the partnership-building dialogue on work relevant to the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (LCIPP) outside the Convention.
    Co-Chairs Majid Shafie-Pour, UN Regional Group: Asia-Pacific, and Pasang Dolma Sherpa, UN Indigenous Sociocultural Region: Asia
    Celina Yong, UN Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD)
    Yusra Khan, Indonesia
    Janene Yazzie, International Indian Treaty Council
    SBSTA-IPCC Special Event on Refinement to the IPCC Guidelines
    Delegates at the special event on the 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines.
    Yurii Pyrozhenko, Task Force on National Greenhouse Inventories (TFI) Technical Support Unit (TSU), IPCC
    Eduardo Calvo Buendía, Co-Chair, TFI, IPCC
    Pavel Shermanau, TFI TSU, IPCC
    A slide from one of the presentations.
    Delegates pose questions to the panel.
    Consultations throughout the Day
    SBSTA informal consultations on the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C of Global Warming.
    View of the dais during the SBI/SBSTA informal consultations on the terms of reference for the 2019 review of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM).
    SBSTA informal consultations on matters relating to Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.
    Joint SBI/SBSTA dialogue with observer organizations.
    Civil Society Climate Strike
    Members of civil society participate in a climate strike outside the venue as part of the #FridaysForFuture movement started by climate activist Greta Thunberg.
    Around the Venue
    On the first day of the African Cup of Nations, taking place in Egpyt, representatives of Climate Action Network (CAN), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Greenpeace, and the World Resources Institute (WRI) bring footballs to the African Group, chaired by Egypt, saying that everyone can be a 'champion' by stepping up ambition for NDCs.
    Tasneem Essop, Interim Executive Director, CAN, and Mohamed Nasr, Egypt
    Delegates from Africa show off their football skills.
    Delegates from Nepal.
    Delegates from Ukraine.
    Wael Aboulmagd, Egypt
    Seyni Nafo, Mali
    Delegates from Zimbabwe
    Xiang Gao, China
    Carlos Fuller, Belize
    High-Level Champions Gonzalo Muñoz, Chile, and Tomasz Chruszczow, Poland, take a selfie.
    A video at an exhibition booth livestreams over 4,000 climate activists from Ende Gelände protesting to block the coal fields in Rhineland, Germany.
    Materials on display around the venue.


    Negotiating blocs
    African Group