UNFCCC Publishes Agendas for Additional Bangkok Session
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The agendas for APA 1.6, SBI 48.2 and SBSTA 48.2 have been published, noting that substantive work to be undertaken at the session will be limited to the agenda items that relate to the Paris Agreement Work Programme.

The APA agenda details the organization of work to be undertaken in line with previous sessions, noting that the APA Co-Chairs' “tools” will be published in advance of the session by 1 August 2018 to facilitate the negotiations.

Further detailed information will be provided on the individual meeting pages and in the joint reflections note to be published mid-August 2018.

4 July 2018: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the agendas for the Bangkok Climate Change Conference, including the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA).

As outlined in decision 1/CP.23, Parties to the UNFCCC agreed at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC on the potential need for an additional negotiating session to facilitate the timely completion of the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP) in advance of COP 24, taking place from 3-14 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland. At the April-May 2018 Bonn Climate Change Conference, Parties agreed that such an additional session would be required, and work under the SBI, SBSTA and Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) was suspended, to be resumed in Bangkok, Thailand, at an additional negotiating session from 4-9 September 2018.

A reflections note will outline in mid-August details on specific proposals to maximize negotiation time and ensure timely closure of the Bangkok session.

The agendas for the sixth part of the first session of the APA (APA 1.6), the second part of the forty-eighth sessions of the SBI (SBI 48.2) and the SBSTA (SBSTA 48.2) have been published, highlighting that the substantive work to be undertaken will be limited to the agenda items that relate to the PAWP.

The APA agenda notes that the organization of work will continue in line with modalities agreed at the first part of its first session. It reiterates that, in order to facilitate the deliberations in Bangkok, the APA Co-Chairs will prepare “tools that are additional to and based on the informal notes prepared at APA 1.5, including proposals for streamlining the outcome of APA 1.5 and examples of how Parties could further progress towards the development of an agreed basis for negotiations, taking account of the level of maturity and delicate balance achieved to date for individual items,” to be made available by 1 August 2018.

The agendas advise that detailed information about the resumed session of each body will be made available on their meeting pages, and note that further details on specific proposals to maximize negotiation time and ensure timely closure of the session will be outlined in the joint reflections note to be published mid-August. [APA 1.6 Agenda] [APA 1.6 Meeting Page] [SBI 48.2 Agenda] [SBI 48.2 Meeting Page] [SBSTA 48.2 Agenda] [SBSTA 48.2 Meeting Page]


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