June 14, 2015
Bonn Conference: Summary of the Negotiations for June 11, 2015
By Bhagya Wickramasinghe
11, 2015 was the concluding day of the UN Climate Change Conference. There were three facilitated groups under the ADP (Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action) on adaptation; loss and damage; transparency; compliance and implementation. Later during the day, the ADP contact group convened to discuss the proposal of the Co-Chair on the work ahead, and thereafter the Co-Chair of ADP; Ahmed Djoghlaf gaveled the ADP plenary to a close.
The SBSTA also was declared closed by the closing plenary where they discussed the conclusions regarding response measures and methodological considerations for REDD+ and forwarded the draft decisions for COP 21/ CMP11.
In terms of methodological issues under the Kyoto Protocol, the SBSTA dealt with the implications of the implementation of decisions 2/CMP.7 to 4/CMP.7 and 1/CMP.8 on the previous decisions of methodological issues including the issues relating to Articles 5,7 and 8 of the Kyoto Protocol.
They also dealt with accounting, reporting and review requirements for Paris, clarification of the text in Section G of the Doha amendment of the Kyoto Protocol and the implications of the inclusions of reforestation of lands with forest in exhaustion as afforestation and reforestation clean development mechanism activities. They also considered market and non-market mechanisms under the Convention
The closing ceremony of the SBI, was marked by the adoption of conclusions on negotiated decisions on mechanisms under the Kyoto Protocol, capacity building, Article 6 of the UNFCCC on education, training and public awareness; and administrative; financial and institutional matters. They concluded the sessions with an agreement that the draft decisions would be forwarded for consideration by the COP 21/ CMP11 on issues that affect the LDCs (Least Developed Countries).
The important issues dealt with at the open meeting of the SBI on its concluding day were: compilation and synthesis of sixth national communications and first biennial reports form Parties; revision of the “Guidelines for the preparation of national communications by Parties included in Annex 1”; outcome of the first round of the international assessment and review process (2014-2015).
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) noted that “”What is occurring is in many ways unprecedented in the history of international cooperation in respect to vision and scale. Everyone’s concerns are being accommodated and everything has to move in parallel—it is understandably a complex but now also a very dynamic process”.