Bangkok Climate Change Conference Opens

By UN Climate Change News

The resumed sessions of the UNFCCC’s subsidiary bodies and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement opened in Bangkok today amid strong calls for progress.

At the resumed session, negotiators from some 190 countries will focus on developing the implementation guidelines of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The guidelines are needed to provide guidance on how to implement the agreement and to see transparently how countries are progressing in their actions.

The opening of the session was graced with a brief addresses by the Prime Minister of Fiji Mr. Bainimarama, who is currently presiding over the climate change negotiations, as well as the Polish in-coming COP president, Mr. Kurtyka, who will preside over the negotiations at this year’s climate change conference – COP24 – to be held in Katowice, Poland in December.

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, General Surasak Karnjanarat, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand, Officer in Charge of the UN in Thailand Mr. Zahedi and Executive Secretary Espinosa of UN Climate Change also addressed the opening.

All speakers strongly urged negotiators to step up the pace of their work and to move towards negotiating texts that capture clear options on the implementation guidelines that can swiftly be finalized and adopted in Katowice. This is crucial given the deadline that countries set for themselves to complete this work at COP24 this year.

Executive Secretary Espinosa stated that COP24 was now right around the corner. “We are working against the clock. We must now complete the heavy lifting and we must do it rapidly. UN Climate Change stands ready to assist countries,” she said.

Current COP president Bainimarama impressed upon delegates that the six-day Bangkok talks were urgent. “In these few days, we have the opportunity to put the Paris Agreement on a path from words to action,” he said.

The implementation guidelines will unlock practical actions and bring the agreement’s institutions to life. This is vital for all aspects of climate action, including:

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