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Cop24: Move to prepare negotiating texts on Paris Work Plan

Katowice, 7 Dec (Prerna Bomzan and Meena Raman)- At a stocktake plenary held on 6 Dec, the Co-chairs of the UNFCCC’s Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA), informed Parties the time had come for the Chairs to produce their “own proposals,” to help the process forward and that based on “where possible landing zones are emerging or ... Read More »

Call for a win-win framework at COP24

An African delegation is in the Polish city of Katowice to join 30,000 delegates and thousands others from almost 200 countries attending the 4th edition of what has come to be known as annual climate change negotiation conferences organised under the auspices of the United Nations. Read More »

Developing countries oppose renegotiation of Paris Deal

Bangkok, 11 September 2018 (Prerna Bomzan and Meena Raman) – Developing countries strongly opposed attempts to renegotiate the Paris Agreement (PA) at the recently concluded climate talks in Bangkok, given attempts by developed countries to block references to differentiation between developed and developing countries in the negotiating text being drafted to implement the PA under the PA Work Programme (PAWP). Read More »

The masses are mobilizing for climate leadership

by May Boeve, Christiana Figueres London – This year, extreme weather conditions have ravaged our planet, subjecting vulnerable communities around the world to the ever-increasing impacts of climate change. With each passing day, we learn more about – and experience directly – the dangerous consequences of extracting and burning fossil fuels. Floods, droughts, and wildfires are becoming deadlier, and weather ... Read More »

Positive move on finance vital to execute Paris Deal – G77

Bangkok, 7 Sept. 2018 (Prerna Bomzan) – At a joint-stocktake session of the Bangkok climate talks held on Sept 6 to assess progress on the work to produce a negotiating text for guidelines to implement the Paris Agreement (PA), developing countries called for progress on matters related to finance. The G77 and China expressed concerns over the reluctance of developed countries in making ... Read More »

Has Suva Expert Dialogue managed to secure climate insurance

By Zulker Naeen In the context of Loss and Damage, most financial instruments that have been proposed did not solve the problems faced by the developing countries. In quest of the financial instruments for addressing Loss and Damage, under the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM), Suva Expert Dialogue at the last inter-sessional climate summit at Bonn, ended on May 3, was ... Read More »

Paris work progamme to be coherent and balanced

14 May, Bonn (TWN) — The UNFCCC’s Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA), one of the main bodies responsible for enabling the implementation of the Paris Agreement (PA), adopted conclusions at its closing plenary on 10 May, the last day of the climate talks in Bonn, Germany. Read More »

Climate talks: Lively session on common time-frames for NDCs

Bonn, 10 May (Prerna Bomzan) – Parties at informal consultations under the UNFCCC’s Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) agreed to draft conclusions of a procedural nature on common time frames for nationally determined contributions (NDCs) referred to in Article 4.10 of the Paris Agreement (PA) on 7 May. The draft conclusions are expected to be adopted at the closing plenary ... Read More »

Overview of outcomes at the 2017 climate talks

by Meena Raman The annual climate change talks under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Kyoto Protocol (KP) and the Paris Agreement (PA) took place in Bonn, Germany, on 6-18 November 2017, ending a day later than scheduled due to last-minute wrangling among Parties, mainly over issues related to finance. Read More »

Paris climate summit a chance for real progress: World Bank

WASHINGTON,BSS/AFP) – The Paris climate summit next week offers a chance for concrete advances in the fight against global warming, even without the support of President Donald Trump, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said.”What makes this summit different is that this is not just another high level political meeting,” Kim told reporters. “This is going to bring together groups ... Read More »

PM to present Bangladesh’s work plan at ‘One Planet Summit’

Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will announce Bangladesh’s future work plan on adaptation and climate resilience at the ‘One Planet Summit’ In Paris. She is expected to leave Dhaka on Monday for Paris on a three-day official visit to attend the summit that will kick off at the “La Seine Musicale” on Tuesday. Over 100 world leaders along with 2,000 participants ... Read More »

Obama blasts Trump over climate change issue

Former US president Barack Obama launched a veiled barb at his successor Donald Trump on Friday, saying there is “a pause in American leadership” on climate change. Since leaving office in January, Obama has been relatively restrained in his comments about Trump, who frequently fires broadsides at his predecessor’s policies. But he took aim at the Republican president in a ... Read More »

A Cop cut at COP23?

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, Nov 23 (IPS) – Despite a few victories, the UN’s annual climate change conference ended without achieving its goals or injecting a sense of much needed urgency. Read More »

Wrangling on addressing ex-ante information on public finance

Penang, 23 Nov (TWN) — Developed countries’ reluctance to address the modalities for the ex-ante information on public financial resources to be provided to developing countries referred to in Article 9.5 of the Paris Agreement (PA) delayed the closing of the UNFCCC’s 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) as well as the closing of the Ad hoc ... Read More »

Conclusions adopted to advance Paris Deal work programme

Kathmandu, 22 Nov (Prerna Bomzan and Meena Raman) – The meeting of UNFCCC’s Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) eventually closed after 1 am, early morning of 18 Nov, with the adoption of conclusions to advance the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP), overshooting its scheduled closing by three days, in Bonn, Germany. Read More »

Developing nations welcome COP23 decisions, worry over finance

Kuala Lumpur, 21 Nov (Jade Chiang and Meena Raman) – Despite the delayed ending of the climate talks at Bonn by nearly a day, developing countries, in welcoming some key decisions adopted at COP 23, also emphatically registered their unhappiness over how the finance issues were addressed at the closing of the climate talks that took place early morning of ... Read More »

UN climate envoys agree to 2018 stocktake of planet

UN negotiators agreed at climate talks Saturday to take stock in 2018 of country efforts to cut fossil fuel emissions as part of a pact — rejected only by Washington — to limit global warming. Closing two weeks of talks in Bonn, some 12 hours into extra time, envoys gave the green light for what they termed the 2018 “Talanoa ... Read More »