Informal Consultations Agree on Draft Conclusions, APA Informal Notes: 13 November Highlights
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During APA informal consultations on further guidance in relation to the mitigation section of decision 1/CP.21 (adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change), Parties agreed to forward a 180-page “preliminary material” document to the APA Co-Chairs.

APA informal consultations agreed to draft conclusions on public registries for NDCs and adaptation communications.

13 November 2017: The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, continued on Monday, 13 November 2017. Informal consultations and contact groups convened under the Conference of the Parties (COP), the COP serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA), the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI).

During COP informal consultations on long-term finance (LTF), developing countries pointed to the LTF in-session workshop reports and biennial assessments and overviews of climate finance flows by the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) as the sole inputs to the high-level ministerial dialogues. Many developed countries cautioned against “cherry-picking” from these inputs and called for removing paragraphs referring to assistance to developing countries’ needs related to their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), noting this is beyond the scope of LTF and prejudges APA discussions.

During APA informal consultations on further guidance in relation to the mitigation section of decision 1/CP.21 (adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change), the co-facilitator presented a 180-page “preliminary material” document and expressed hope that it would enable Parties to start substantive negotiations at the next negotiating session. Countries agreed to forward the document to the APA Co-Chairs.

During APA informal consultations on the adaptation communication, several Parties highlighted the need to discuss interlinkages with other APA agenda items, especially transparency and the global stocktake (GST), with one developing country group proposing joint meetings with those APA items. Several stressed the need to focus on the adaptation communication before discussing interlinkages.

During APA informal consultations on the GST, one country requested capturing in greater detail, in the preliminary material document, the views expressed during the discussion on equity in the context of the GST.

During SBSTA informal consultations on agriculture, a developing country group proposed a draft decision to establish a joint SBI/SBSTA work programme to consider the vulnerabilities of agriculture to climate change and approaches towards addressing food security.

During APA informal consultations on the committee to facilitate implementation and promote compliance, Parties discussed the co-facilitators’ informal note, with one developing country group, opposed by two developing country groups, suggesting including special circumstances for all developing countries, not only least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS). Some developed countries asked that the note include that bodies other than the committee could initiate the committee’s work. The informal note will be forwarded to the APA Co-Chairs, with the incorporation of these suggestions.

APA informal consultations also convened on modalities, procedures and guidelines (MPGs) for the enhanced transparency framework, where Parties agreed to forward the co-facilitators’ informal note to the APA Co-Chairs. During APA informal consultations on other further matters, Parties considered initial guidance by the COP serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA) to the LDC Fund (LDCF) and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF).

During APA informal consultations on the public registry for NDCs, Parties considered a revised version of the co-facilitators’ informal note. One developing country group called for balanced treatment of the two public registry items. Parties considered procedural draft conclusions, with one developing country group calling for identical conclusions under this item and the item on the registry for adaptation communications. Parties then agreed to the draft conclusions, pending a decision on whether to refer to the informal note.

During APA informal consultations on the public registry for adaptation communications, Parties discussed and agreed to an informal note, with a structure identical to a revised informal note prepared under the SBI item on the public registry for NDCs. Parties agreed to draft conclusions, which contains a reference to the informal note as a source for Parties to draw upon at SBI 48.

During SBI informal consultations on the third review of the Adaptation Fund, Parties discussed proposed draft conclusions with one developing country group highlighting text on diversifying sources of funding as beyond the scope of this agenda item. Several developed countries suggested the next review should occur in conjunction with the review of the Financial Mechanism in four years.

During SBI informal consultations on capacity building, Parties agreed to revised draft conclusions, and draft COP and CMP decisions. SBI informal consultations also convened on national adaptation plans (NAPs).

During SBSTA informal consultations on agriculture, a developing country group proposed a draft decision to establish a joint SBI/SBSTA work programme to consider the vulnerabilities of agriculture to climate change and approaches towards addressing food security.

During a SBSTA contact group on matters relating to Paris Agreement Article 6 (cooperative approaches) focusing on draft conclusions on Articles 6.2 (internationally transferred mitigation outcomes), 6.4 (mechanism) and 6.8 (non-market approaches). The Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs) and the Arab Group did not support the draft conclusion texts as a basis for discussion, proposing procedural conclusions that take note of the Co-Chairs’ informal notes and decide to continue discussions at SBSTA 48. Many supported substantive conclusions that capture progress made in the roundtables and informal consultations. Brazil and China requested deletion of references to the informal summary of the pre-sessional roundtables, noting that Parties had not been consulted on its contents.

During SBSTA informal consultations on the Technology Framework under Paris Agreement Article 10.4, Parties reached consensus on draft conclusions.

Joint SBSTA/SBI informal consultations also convened on: the report of the Adaptation Fund; response measures; and the report of the Adaptation Committee and of the LDC Expert Group (LEG). [Fiji/Bonn Highlights: Friday, 10 November 2017] [IISD RS Coverage of COP 23]

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