Subsidiary Bodies 44

From May 16 to 26, 2016, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will meet in Bonn, Germany for the 44th session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies and the first session after the Paris Agreement.

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Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) deals with issues of implementation such as finance, technology transfer, and capacity building.

Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) deals with the technical issues like measuring and reporting carbon emissions and knowledge sharing networks.

Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) deals with the elements that are crucial to the effective entry into force and implementation of the Paris Agreement. The meeting in June will be the APA’s first session--they aim to complete their work by the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA1) .

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​​In December 2015, a historic global agreement on climate action, known as the Paris Agreement, was reached at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP 21) and CI successfully worked to ensure that provisions for nature-based solutions for mitigation and adaptation were included in the Agreement. A full CI analysis of COP21 outcomes is available below.  

The upcoming meeting in Bonn will be the first post-COP session and the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) will meet to discuss implementation and technical issues around climate change. During the meeting, the Ad hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) will also begin deliberations on the critical elements needed for the Agreement to enter into force. 

It is crucial that countries maintain the momentum achieved through meaningful action on climate change in the lead up to 2020 and beyond, as well as by making sound decisions to accelerate the implementation of the agreement as soon as it enters into force. Nature-based solutions are an essential component of the global response to combat climate change and must be strongly supported in the outcomes of these negotiations. 

Our role

CI aims to ensure significant progress is made on developing the necessary modalities for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.  To this effort, CI will continue to contribute science, field experience and policy expertise to dialogues at Subsidiary Bodies 44 and APA 1.

CI believes that the success of the new climate agreement will require harnessing the full potential of nature-based solutions to mitigate and help people adapt to climate change. These measures make financial sense, provide multiple benefits beyond mitigation and adaptation, and are critical to sustaining and increasing collective action. 

CI has prepared a position paper to reflect key recommendations to inform the negotiations; the paper can be accessed below.

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    • Maggie Comstock, Policy Center
    • Shyla Raghav, Policy Center
    • Katrin Hereen, CI Europe
    • Ruth Martinez, CI Costa Rica
    • Steven Panfil, Moore Center
    • Cecile Schneider, CI Europe
    • Celia Harvey, Moore Center
    • David Hole, Moore Center
    • Johnson Cerda, Policy Center
    • Kapupu Diwa Mutimanwa, DGM member
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