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Bonn Climate Change Conference - June 2013
10 June 2013

The thirty-eighth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 38) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 38), as well as the second part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-2) is taking place at Maritim Hotel from 3-14 June 2013 in Bonn, Germany.

Fidelis Zvomuya (FANRPAN trained journalist) is in Bonn covering the 38th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 38) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 38).

Informal documents issued during the June 2013 sessions of the SBs and ADP are available here.

Conference Updates

Russia blocks Bonn climate talks

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres described the reality that the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) will not make any progress in Bonn this year as the most unfortunate situation. Her comment comes after Russia blocked the adoption of the SBI agenda sending the whole week of debates back to the drawing board. Russia, Ukraine and Belarus logged a procedural protest.

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Mitigation in agriculture adopted by most countries despite UNFCCC delays

Although United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) negotiations on agriculture are on hold, agricultural mitigation is already an objective for many developing countries. National governments are moving quickly to plan agricultural development that also leads to climate change adaptation and mitigation, which is crucial in a sector that is so vulnerable to climate impacts, but also responsible for 14 to 24% of global emissions. As a result, new policy mechanisms and tools are being put into use with some promising, recent developments.

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WHO launches new tool to estimate health costs of climate change

World Health Organisation/Europe developed a new tool to help member states estimate the costs associated with damage to health due to climate change, and those of adaptation in various sectors to protect health. WHO launched the tool at a side-event at the climate change conference in Bonn, Germany on Thursday, 6 June 2013, in which it hosted a panel discussion of these costs.

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The road to Warsaw

The World Climate Summit is the most prominent and exclusive annual forum convening leaders across business, finance and governments to accelerate solutions to climate change for industries, cities, regions, and nations in parallel to the UNFCCC COP.

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A successful week in Bonn

It has been a successful week for the Bonn Climate Talks 2013 as there is high consensus that agreement must be able to adapt to emerging science on climate. The global agreement to combat climate change due to be concluded in 2015 is now likely to include a “dynamic” element that would allow new scientific evidence to be taken on board as time passes.

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Bonn starts CO2 neutral postal delivery

Deutsche Post DHL has started a project where letters and parcels in the city of Bonn will be delivered with electric vehicles. At the start of the project, Deutsche Post DHL already operates one of the biggest electric commercial vehicle fleet in the world.

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Hope in Bonn

As negotiations enters its second week in Bonn for another round of technical climate discussions, the key talking points of the meeting will focus on climate mitigation as well as on proposals on how to scale up renewable energy and energy efficiency policies.

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The connecting link: Water security and adaptation

Water security is central to successful adaptation as climate impacts are largely felt through the medium of water Dr Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, Global Water Partnership (GWP) Chair said.

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EU countries in deadlock over genetically modified maize approvals

European Union member states failed to agree on whether to approve three genetically modified maize varieties for use in food and feed. As the bloc’s standing committee on food chain and animal health failed to reach a majority either for or against, the decisions will pass to an appeal committee over the coming weeks, a Commission spokesman said.

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Green Climate Fund to be disbursed next year

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) could be disbursed as soon as September next year, Richard Sherman Representative of the Africa Working Group said. Addressing a Global Water Partnership side event at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Sherman without disclosing how much is expected to be distributed, said, the GCF Board is still to make a decision as to how the money and how it is to be given.

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Climate Policies must benefit both the planet and women’s rights

Climate change and its impacts are by no means gender neutral, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nation Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said. In an interview with Africa Green Media during the Bonn Climate Talks, Figueres said in many communities around the world, women’s responsibilities in the family and the historical discrimination that they have faced, make them more vulnerable to environmental change.

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Poverty remains a priority for the African Group

Emmanuel Dlamini from the Kingdom of Swaziland who is the current chairperson of the African Group said sustainable development and poverty eradication remain the priorities for the African continent. Dlamini said that in respect of the 2015 agreement, the Ad hoc Working Group under the Durban Platform (ADP) is not a renegotiation of the Convention and its annexes.

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Global carbon trading system nose-dived

United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board chair Peer Stiansen, said the world’s main system of carbon trading needs urgent support from governments if it is to continue functioning effectively and give developing countries access to green technologies.

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A call for climate change gender sensitivity

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nation Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) calls for gender sensitivity at the global climate change level stressing that its application needs to be done country-by-country so to maximise the impact of gender on climate solutions.

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Show leadership on climate, west told

BONN, Germany – Developing countries have said the key to having a successful climate agreement by 2020 is for the West to show leadership. In an interview Nagmeldin Elhassan head of the Sudanese delegation on behalf of the Like Minded Developing Countries (LMDC), reminded developed countries that the key to having a successful climate agreement after 2020 rested on them showing leadership and ambition before agreement can be reached.

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Uncharted territory: Scientists discover new and incredible species

It’s every scientist’s dream to travel to a remote, unexplored place looking for as many new and interesting species as they can find. This was a dream come true for the 15 Mozambican and international scientists, led by Piotr Naskrecki, who spent three weeks in the Cheringoma Plateau of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.

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