Submitted by ECO Editor on Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 20:08
ECO was shocked to hear that observers were asked to leave the SBSTA informal consultations of Article 6. In the spirit of all that was achieved in Paris, being open, inclusive, and transparent is key. Observers have insights, expertise, and different perspectives that can help move discussions forward in a constructive manner.
Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 20:18
The 2020 pledges and the NDCs submitted in 2015 were a step forward for global climate action. But they still leave us with two unresolved problems: a huge emissions gap, and a huge gap in climate preparedness that is hitting vulnerable communities the hardest.
Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 20:16
Transparency, covered by Article 13 of the Paris Agreement, is crucial to make sure the Paris Agreement works. Without strong transparency provisions, how will we even know if we are on track to reaching the Agreement’s objectives and if everyone is implementing what they pledged. Transparency is also really complicated. For anyone not aware of this, it became apparent in yesterday’s contact group. A big part of the discussion is still focused on the conceptual elements of Article 13.
Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 20:14
As every avid ECO reader will know, ECO hates gaps. For years, ECO has called on delegates to do all they can to close the adaptation gap, plug the finance gap and reduce the ambition gap as fast as possible. But this time around, there is an in-session workshop to support the development of a GAP – and ECO is all in favor.
That is because this GAP refers to the gender action plan and the UNFCCC urgently needs one. Women’s rights should be central to every aspect of the UNFCCC negotiations – but they still are not.
Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 20:12
Take the following quiz to test your knowledge of the incoming Fijian Presidency and the Fiji Islands.
- How many islands make up the Fiji archipelago?
A. 110 B.330 C.660
2. Fiji’s NDC has a target of XX% electricity from renewables by 2030
A. 60% B. 80% C. 100%
3.When will the Fiji Government formally assume the COP23 Presidency?
Submitted by ECO Editor on Monday, May 8, 2017 - 20:18
When countries submitted their INDCs, which later became their NDCs, ECO was very pleased to see that nearly all developing countries included adaptation components. This was because it provides a more complete picture on the significant and yet unmet needs that many vulnerable countries face to advance adaptation. ECO encourages Parties to move constructively forward on the adaptation communication discussion here in Bonn. This could finally lift the political attention given to adaptation to the level of attention given to mitigation.
Submitted by ECO Editor on Monday, May 8, 2017 - 20:16
After a satisfying feast at last night’s reception – thank you! – ECO feels truly grateful for food security. But don’t be fooled by the reception. In the real world, a free lunch takes hard negotiations.
The Paris Agreement has set us some key challenges when it comes to issues of land, food, and agriculture. As the climate clock continues to count down, and after the awkward lack of progress on agriculture in Marrakesh, we hope that Parties have come to Bonn keen to find common ground and build momentum.
Submitted by ECO Editor on Monday, May 8, 2017 - 20:14
Is this the latest trashy TV soap? No, just the day-to-day inner workings of the Trump administration.
Submitted by AMack on Monday, May 8, 2017 - 06:35
Submitted by ECO Editor on Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 19:18
It is no surprise that finance has been pushed to what ECO hopes is actually the last day of COP22. Until last night, an agreement to give the Adaptation Fund a future life under the Paris Agreement had not been found. ECO is well aware of the question marks many developed countries have about whether (or how) the Adaptation Fund should serve the Paris Agreement. Well, that can be sorted. Just decide to work it out. When? Next year.