What is Bonn Climate Change Conference?

Bonn Climate Change Conference was an international meeting of political leaders from many nations, and various other stakeholders to deliberate on various issues plaguing our environment, which has resulted in drastic climate change.

The 50th session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) convened in Bonn, Germany, from June 17 to 27, 2019. The Bonn Climate Change Conference will address numerous implementation issues under the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.

Before 2019, the conference was held from 6th – 17th November in the year 2017. This meeting was held at Bonn in Germany. Bonn Climate Change Conference was preceded by Marrakech (Morocco) Conference held in the year 2016, and was succeeded by Katowice (Poland) Conference held in the year 2018.

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What are the Other Names of Bonn Climate Change Conference?

Bonn Climate Change Conference is also known as

  1. COP 23 (UNFCCC)
  2. CMP 13 (Kyoto Protocol)
  3. CMA 1-2 or 1.2 (Paris Agreement)

Official website of the UNFCCC: https://unfccc.int/

Which Country Assumed the Presidency of the Bonn Climate Change Conference and Why is it significant?

Bonn Climate Change Conference was presided over by Prime Minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama. It is significant because it is the first time ever a small island developing nation had taken over the presidency of the negotiations. The major brunt of the negative effects from climate change is more visible on small island nations like Fiji, Maldives and host of other small island countries. The meeting ended with the launch of Talanoa Dialogue, a process designed to assist nations in implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions by 2020.

What were the Major Developments from Bonn Climate Change Conference?

There were few notable outcomes from Bonn Climate Change Conference.

  1. Developed and developing countries reached a consensus on holding a dialogue with experts on how the victims of climate change can be assisted and how technology and expertise could be harnessed.
  2. Parties were able to break the deadlock of 6 years, on agriculture sector. Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture was established.
  3. To increase the participation of traditionally marginalized groups, participating nations finalized on Gender Action Plan and Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform.
  4. Powering Past Coal Alliance was established by a group of 30 countries with the objective of phasing out thermal power generation, powered by coal, by 2030.

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