UNFCCC releases COP23 initial outcomes on: Paris Agreement Work Program, Talanoa Dialogue and pre-2020

 In Climate negotiations

By Jisun Hwang, Senior Climate Advocacy Officer, ICLEI World Secretariat

The COP23 Presidency released a non-paper on the possible initial outcomes of COP23.

The initial outcomes focused on three main areas: 1) Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP) 2) Talanoa Dialogue 3) Pre-2020 implementation and action. The Local Governments and Municipal Authorities constituency will be invited provide valuable input towards the Talanoa Dialogue and the pre-2020 implementation and ambition through its continued and strengthened contributions to the Technical Examination Processes (TEPs) and the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action Yearbook.

Regarding the PAWP, the COP welcomes the progress made at this session by subsidiary bodies SBSTA, SBI and APA and recommends development of an online platform where progress by all three bodies could be published. The deadline of the PAWP completion set by COP22 – which is by COP24 in December 2018 – is reaffirmed. All subsidiary bodies and constituted bodies are encouraged to accelerate their work towards meeting that deadline. The COP leaves open the possibility of resuming sessions of the subsidiary bodies in the second half of 2018, between the April-May sessions and COP24,  in order to focus further on the PAWP prior to COP24.

Regarding the Talanoa Dialogue – 2018 Facilitative Dialogue – the COP takes note of the features document prepared jointly by the COP22 and COP23 Presidents. Non-Party stakeholders (NPS) including cities and other subnational authorities are encouraged to prepare analytical and policy-relevant input to inform the Talanoa Dialogue.

Regarding the pre-2020 implementation and ambition, a broad range of mechanisms to strengthen the pre-2020 action has been calibrated as below.

  • The COP23 Presidency and UNFCCC Executive Secretary encouraged Parties to ratify the Doha Amendment. The amendment, approved in 2012, extended the duration of the Kyoto Protocol, by establishing a second commitment period from 2013 to 2020.
  • A call for submissions on the pre-2020 implementation and ambition input will be launched. The UNFCCC Secretariat will produce a synthesis report on these submissions.
  • Pre-2020 implementation and action will be one of the elements to be considered by the Talanoa Dialogue.
  • Two Stocktakes will take place at COP24 and COP25, respectively, gathering input from the following sources:
    • Stocktake at COP 24
      • Input by the COP, CMP, SBSTA, SBI, constituted bodies, and the operating entities of the Financial Mechanism.
      • Pre-2020 mitigation efforts and provision of support.
      • MPGCA outcomes, including the Summary for Policymakers of the Technical Examination Processes and the Yearbook.
    • Stocktake at COP 25
      • Input by the COP, CMP, SBSTA, SBI, constituted bodies, and the operating entities of the Financial Mechanism.
      • Outcomes of the 2018 high-level ministerial dialogue on climate finance, Talanoa Dialogue, and the Stocktake at COP 24.
      • MPGCA outcomes, including the Summary for Policymakers of the Technical Examination Processes and the Yearbook.
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