United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change convenes another round of climate negotiations in the coming week in Bangkok. This meeting, taking place from 4-9 September 2018, is aimed at producing an agreed basis for negotiations for all PAWP items that reflects clear, streamlined and detailed options that can be quickly converted to draft decision text. PAWP stands for Paris Agreement Work Programme. PAWP needs to be finalized by COP 24 which has lead to these added meetings on the process.
Producing the agreed basis during the Bangkok meetings will enable decisions to be taken during the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 24), which will meet in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018. The reflections note underscores that the Bangkok session is the last opportunity for Parties to prepare for COP 24.
Looking at the highlights from Bonn meetings in May. SBSTA reported good progress on several items. On items related to the PAWP, SBSTA said the pace was “mixed” and called for acceleration of work. SBI meanwhile urged parties to consult extensively on PAWP items to narrow down options on crunch issues, and enable progress towards draft texts.Progress on the joint SBI/SBSTA item on agriculture was featured in the discussion. However, we look forward to more constructive discussions in the next weeks negotiations hoping for a strong foundation towards Katowice. APA, SBI, SBSTA presiding officers issued their inputs ahead of Bangkok session encouraging substantial commitments from all parties. This statement can be found HERE