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COP 23 Provisional Agendas Released

August 2017: The next UN Climate Change Conference will convene in Bonn, Germany, from 6-17 November 2017. Presided over by the Government of Fiji, it will focus on implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, which entered into force on 4 November 2016. The Conference will include the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC, the 13th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 13) and the 47th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 47) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 47). The UNFCCC Secretariat has recently released the provisional agendas for these meetings.

The Conference will also include the fourth part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-4) and the second part of the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1-2). APA 1-4 and CMA 1-2 will continue work under their respective adopted agendas. The APA is expected to address, inter alia, mitigation under Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), adaptation communications, the transparency framework under the Paris Agreement and matters relating to the global stocktake (GST). The CMA is expected to consider organizational matters and matters relating to the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and will include a high-level segment. [APA Adopted Agenda] [CMA Adopted Agenda] [Paris Agreement]

In relation to the Paris Agreement, the SBI is expected to discuss: common timeframes for NDCs; development of modalities and procedures for the operation and use of a public registry; the annual technical progress report of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB); and ways of enhancing the implementation of training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information so as to enhance actions under the Paris Agreement. [SBI Provisional Agenda]

The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched the COP 23 Information Hub designed to help delegates to participate in or follow the negotiations, and navigate through the vast amounts of relevant news and information.

The SBSTA is anticipated to consider, inter alia: the technology framework under the Paris Agreement; matters relating to Article 6 of the Paris Agreement (cooperative approaches); and modalities for the accounting of financial resources provided and mobilized through public interventions. Jointly with the SBI, the SBSTA will address modalities, work programme and functions of the forum on the impact of the implementation of response measures. [SBSTA Provisional Agenda]

COP 23 is anticipated to discuss, among other issues, preparations for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and CMA 1. In addition, the COP may consider matters related to the development and transfer of technology; the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM); capacity building; and matters related to finance. [COP 23 Provisional Agenda]

The CMP is expected to consider, inter alia: capacity building under the Kyoto Protocol; matters relating to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI); and matters relating to the Adaptation Fund. Both the COP’s and CMP’s agendas also include a high-level segment. [CMP 13 Provisional Agenda]

The UNFCCC Secretariat has also launched the COP 23 Information Hub designed to help delegates to participate in or follow the negotiations, and navigate through the vast amounts of relevant news and information. [COP 23 Information Hub] [COP 23 Information Hub Overview]

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