The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) convenes national governments from around the world to debate and decide on the actions that must be taken in order to effectively address climate change. While progress under the UNFCCC can sometimes be disappointingly slow, this involved process also serves to highlight the enormity of the challenges we face in finding a way to collectively limit global temperature increase.
Despite some obstacles and setbacks, the UNFCCC continues to play an essential role by providing a forum to address climate change at the international level. If we are to be successful in maintaining the ecosystems we all rely on, the UNFCCC is necessary, along with climate action taken at national, corporate, community and other levels.
In Bonn, UNFCCC negotiators from nearly 200 countries will discuss major climate issues as they prepare for the 19th Conference of the Parties in Warsaw, Poland at the end of this year. One major topic of discussion will be the functions and elements of a new legal and universal climate agreement, which Parties have agreed to define by 2015.
- to reconcile varying positions on the nature and scope of the new agreement
- to identify means and modalities for increasing the ambition of climate actions before the agreement takes effect in 2020 to ensure action on climate change is not delayed further.
Both political and technical negotiations will take place in Bonn as parties try to line up the larger issues while also deciding on the details that will enable implementation in areas such as reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+) and adaptation.
Conservation International engagement in the climate negotiations this June will include providing technical support and advice to Parties, meeting with intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental partners, and participating in side events.
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TUESDAY, JUNE 4
The Nairobi Work Programme - What is next?
What will the future structure and modalities of the Nairobi Work Programme look like? This side event will explore some of the key issues moving forward: thematic areas, bridges to regional, national and local levels, linkages to the Adaptation Framework, and lessons learned from the 2012 technical workshops. Speakers include the UNFCCC/NWP Secretariat, the Adaptation Committee and Loss and Damage Programme, and NGOs.
Conveners: Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)
CI Presenter: Shyla Raghav
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: Metro (MoT)
THURSDAY, JUNE 6
Adaptation Knowledge Day
Adaptation Knowledge Day is divided into three sessions: the first will focus on a results framework for resilience, the second on what policy makers need to know about ecosystem based adaptation (EbA) and the third on climate change projects case studies.
Conveners: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Bank
CI Presenter: Angela Andrade
Time: 13:30 - 18:00
Latest Perspectives on Capacity Building for REDD+: Case Studies & New Tools
Capacity building for REDD+ remains essential, even as some parties begin the implementation phase. We will explore the state of capacity building efforts through case studies and introduce new tools for assessing and meeting needs, including a comprehensive new REDD+ Competencies publication.
Conveners: Conservation International, Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC)
CI Presenter: Mario Chacon, Luis Barquin
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: Wind (MoE)
SUNDAY, JUNE 9
National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) Expo: Launching the NAP Process in Least Developed Countries (LDCs)
The event will include sessions on an overview of the NAP process; details on each of the four elements of the NAP process; experiences, best practices and lessons learned in addressing adaptation from least developed countries (LDCs); information on ways and means Parties, agencies and organizations could provide support to the LDCs on the NAP process; and an open session for general discussions and summary of the event.
CI Presenter: Shyla Raghav
Time: 10:00 - 18:00
The Conservation International Delegation
- Angela Andrade, Environmental Policy Director, Colombia
- Claudio Schneider, Technical Manager, Peru
- Jean-Philippe Palasi, EU Policy Director, EU
- Kana Yamashita, Deputy Director, Japan
- Kate Hanford, Strategic Engagement Manager
- Luis Barquin, Social Practice and Accountability Director
- Mario Chacon, REDD+ Training and Capacity Building Manager
- Milagros Sandoval, Environmental Policy Coordinator, Peru
- Ricardo Ulate, Sustainable Development Director, Costa Rica
- Shyla Raghav, Climate Adaptation Policy Senior Manager
- Steve Panfil, Technical Advisor of REDD+ Initiatives