During the plenary of SBSTA, civil societies were given space to engage with the parties of UNFCCC. Very fortunately, I had the opportunity to deliver an intervention on behalf of Climate Action Network (CAN). The full text of the intervention can be found below.
Thank you co-chairs, I am Adrian Yeo, speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network. Governments need to phase out all fossil fuel emissions as early as possible, but not later than 2050, ensuring that mitigation does not compromise adaptation, food security or social and environmental safeguards.
In line with this, resolving the pending technical issues in relation to REDD+ non-carbon benefits and the development of safeguard information systems is crucial. Without further guidance from SBSTA, there is a risk that safeguards are not being addressed and respected; and result in significant negative social and environmental impacts and jeopardize the ability of REDD+ to mitigate climate change.
The Framework for Various Approaches should develop detailed accounting rules for carbon markets consistent with the overall framework. To promote the highest standards of environmental and social sustainability and to ensure good governance Carbon market eligibility criteria are indispensable.
The fight against climate change does not justify accepting solutions that affect human rights, ignore environmental safeguards, or increase social or gender inequality. And no sector can escape their responsibility to cap and reduce their emissions and pay their fair share of financing, including international shipping and aviation.
The forty-second session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 42) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 42), as well as the June session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP2-9) is currrently taking place from 1-11 June 2015 in Bonn, Germany. http://unfccc.int/2860.php
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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?”
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.