Bonn: Addressing Global Climate Challenges 

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Bonn: Addressing Global Climate Challenges

The June UN Climate Meetings starts today Monday 3 June in Bonn, Germany. It is formally called the 60th sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB60). Bonn hosts the UN Climate Change Convention as its headquartered.  

This conference is building on the various mandates that emerged, and progress achieved, at COP28 in Dubai last year. The meetings is held from 3 to 13 June at the World Conference Center Bonn. It aims to drive forward progress on key issues. It should prepare decisions for adoption at the upcoming COP29 UN Climate Change Conference . This conference will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, in November of this year.  

Parties Addressing Global Climate Challenges @eraenvironnement

Climate crisis is happening everywhere

This year, the technical negotiations are different. Climate crisis is happening everywhere. Political crisis disturb the climate debate. The opening ceremony this Monday was even suspended 16 minutes after it started. Climate justice activists raised a Palestinian flag on the conference stage. They were escorted out by the U.N. security service, a video of the protest showed.

However, before the interruption, the UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiel gives an opening speech. “We need every part of this machinery fully functioning and working coherently together”, he warns. Therefore, he urges the Parties ” to move from zero-draft to real options for a new collective quantified goal on finance”. The New Collective Quantified Goal on Climate Finance (NCQG) is a new global climate finance goal. It is dedicated to the developing countries. The Conference of the Parties shall set from a floor of USD 100 billion per year, prior to 2025. It is unlikely far too reach according to observers.

Simon Stiel UNFCCC executive Secretary @eraenvironnement

“New grant and highly concessional forms of finance to developing countries must be coupled with global financial reforms”, Stiell appeals. Moreover, the parties, especially developed countries should take into account ” needs and priorities of developing countries”, he emphasizes.

” Developed countries have not fulfill any of their obligations”

” The climate change impact in the world are largest than the previous one”, said Bolivia. Senior negotiator Pedro Pacheco from Bolivia speaks indeed on behalf Like Minded Developing countries (LMDCs).But it has been 30 years since the developed countries blame and shift their responsibility to developing countries, complains Bolivia.

” Developed countries have not fulfill any of their obligations under the Convention on climate change”, he notes. And he adds: “developed countries are avoiding their responsibilities on the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

 During two weeks, negotiators will focus on critical issues such as climate finance, advancing progress on the next round of national climate action plans (or Nationally Determined Contributions, NDCs). They will debate on the timely submission of countries’ first Biennial Transparency Reports. One of the key issue be to work on National Adaptation Plans. Only some 20 countries have submitted their plans. Negotiators will also discuss on how to accelerate climate action through a just transition, among many issues. Around 6,000 participants are attending the meetings.

By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache


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