Subsidiary Bodies 38

This conference took place in June 3-14, 2013. The UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies 38 was a meeting of the advisory bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. They were meeting to make progress on political and technical climate issues ahead of the UNFCCC COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland, November 2013.

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Our role

Conservation International engagement in the climate negotiations in June 2013 included providing technical support and advice to Parties, meeting with intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental partners, and participating in side events.


  1. Ratchet up commitments and proposed actions to reduce emissions. Unfortunately no progress was made in increasing commitments in Bonn. In fact, the situation here remains very delicate, with big question marks looming about the possibility of a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol (which expires at the end of 2012) and the implications that may have for other commitments to reduce emissions.

  2. Identify sources of climate finance, including innovative sources. Country representatives put forward a number of ideas regarding possible sources of finance. However, a lot of work remains to be done to come to agreement on and mobilize financial sources at the scale necessary to meet the global climate challenge.

  3. Hammer out the details on how countries can reduce emissions from deforestation through a REDD+ framework. The decision coming out of Bonn provides a framework for further discussion but is empty of content. Countries and observers will provide written proposals, and expert meetings (financed by Norway and Australia) will enable development of critical details. A lot of work remains to be done and countries will need to engage quickly in order to make the necessary progress before COP17, the next major climate conference that will be held in Durban, South Africa.

  4. Increase commitments to support and take climate adaptation action on the ground. Negotiators took steps to identify critical tasks, including gathering information on ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation. Progress was also made on developing national adaptation plans for the poorest developing countries and the creation of a committee to deal with adaptation issues in the negotiations; however, discussions about compensation and technical support for countries dealing with impacts that are too great to adapt to were less productive, as negotiators spent considerable time debating the scope of what should be included.

– from Rebecca Chacko, former climate policy director at Conservation International.  Read more on our blog.

Our 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

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