UNFCCC Intersessional Meeting?

As I was waiting to board my flight to attend the UNFCCC Meeting in Bonn-Germany, I lost count the number of times I was asked, “Isn’t COP usually at the end of the year?”

Bonn 2015

Bonn 2015

Annually, there are usually 2 to 4 intersessional meetings. These meetings happen either in the UN offices in Bonn-Germany or Bangkok-Thailand. Sometimes, due to the urgency and increased amount of negotiations, there may be additional meetings planned and hosted by countries that are interested, such as China (Tianjin), Panama (Panama City) or Spain (Barcelona).

Find out more about the past meeting schedules and documents here.

This year, there are four meetings namely, Bonn1 (1-11 June), Bonn2 (31 Aug – 4 Sept) and Bonn3 (19-23 Oct). While Bonn1 is for Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), Bonn2 & Bonn3 are for Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).

The number that follows the acronym indicates the edition of the meeting. For example, this is SBI 42, which means it is the 42nd meeting of SBI. Another example is COP21, it means that it will be the COP’s 21st meeting assemble.

For more updates of current and upcoming UNFCCC meetings, you can easily refer to the website here.