UNFCCC COP 23 kicked off in Bonn, Germany today(6th November). From a science-policy perspective we were interested in the joint plenary meeting of SBSTA and SBI held today. The SBI and SBSTA are the two permanent subsidiary bodies to the convention established by the COP/CMP. They support the work of the COP, the CMP and the CMA through the assessment and review of the effective implementation of the convention. During the session several member states representing coalition parties presented their statements. We will summarize few points raised here.
Ecuador speaking on behalf of the G77 representing its 134 countries highlighted the importance of balance and coherence at all levels in the implementation process of the climate agenda and directed the focus on the developing countries and implementation technologies. This is an important factor given that technologies themselves need to be modified to fit the developing countries from our experience during the last two years. Mali on behalf of the African group noted the public registry (article 4 para 12) and called for a common understanding on the objective of the public registry. They also noted the importance of climate financing and highlighted the need of information on financing be available for the general public. Ethiopia spoke on behalf LDCs. The speaker directed the focus towards the new scientific evidence found in climate change, food security, coral bleaching and highlighted the natural disasters occurred during the year pointing out the examples from LDCs. The adaptation fund becomes an important part.The SIDS noting the COP 23 being an island COP, spoke of the adverse effects of recent storms on the small island member states.
These are few noteworthy points we heard from several parties. Due to the time constraints all parties were encouraged to submit a written submission of their full statements. We will soon provide further links to the full statements.