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Global Forum on the Environment and Climate Change - organised by the Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) March 2019

26-27 March 2019
9h00-18h00
Paris, France
Global Forum

This Global Forum focused on the implication of COP24 outcomes and on the implementation of the Rulebook, as well as on upcoming work on unresolved issues such as Article 6. The Forum’s sessions covered discussions on Common Tabular Format (CTF) for climate finance and tracking progress towards the mitigation targets, options for moving forward with Article 6 and updating and implementing NDCs, with a particular attention to the power sector and carbon markets.

Agenda

Three key takeaways from each of the breakout group discussions:

 

DAY 1: Tuesday 26 March, 2019 

09:50 – 11:00 Opening Plenary: Reflections on COP24 outcomes and upcoming work

The opening plenary focused on the outcomes of COP24 and the upcoming work of the negotiations. It allowed participants to exchange views on the main achievements reached at COP24 and on priorities for upcoming work in the next negotiations session.

Facilitator: Helen Plume, CCXG Chair

Speakers (with hyper-links to presentations)


11:30 - 13:00 Breakout Group A: Reflection on COP24 outcomes and upcoming work (Mitigation) 

During this session, speakers and participants discussed the main progress made at COP24 in terms of climate mitigation, bringing experiences and plans from different countries and perspectives, and to outline the upcoming work.

Facilitator: Henrik Hallgrim Eriksen, Norway

Speakers (with hyper-links to presentations)


11:30 – 13:00 Breakout Group 1: Reflection on COP24 outcomes and upcoming work (Climate Finance) 

The Katowice Climate Package included several items on climate finance. During this session, speakers and participants from a range of countries discussed the progress made at COP24 in different items related to climate finance, as well as the challenges and work ahead.

Speakers

  • Laura Secada Daly, Peru
  • Kamal Djemouai, Algeria
  • Gabriela Blatter, Switzerland
  • Gebru Jember Endalew, Ethiopia

 14:30 – 15:30 Breakout Group B: Part I - Challenges and opportunities for implementing NDCs (Carbon pricing and carbon markets; Electricity sector) 

This one-hour introductory session brought first-hand country experiences for developing and implementing NDCs. Speakers and participants discussed how carbon markets can facilitate the achievement of NDC goals and how to establish and implement policies and strategies to decarbonise the power sector. 

Facilitator: Juan Pedro Searle, Chile

Speakers (with hyper-links to presentations)


14:30 – 16:00 Breakout Group 2: Part I - Reporting Tables (Climate Finance) 

The Modalities, Procedures and Guidelines (MPGs), agreed as part of the Katowice Climate Package during COP24 foresee the use of tabular format for the reporting of information on financial support provided and received.  During this session, speakers and participants discussed the main challenges encountered when reporting information on financial support in a tabular format, and to explore options for new and improved tables.

Documents

  • “Reporting Tables: potential areas of work under SBSTA and options, Part II - Financial support provided, mobilised and received”, Falduto, C. and J. Ellis (2019 draft)

 Co-Facilitators: 

  • Julia Gardiner, Australia
  • Sandra Motshwanedi, South Africa

Speakers (with hyper-links to presentations)


16:00 – 18:00 Breakout Group B: Part II - Challenges and opportunities for implementing NDCs

During this session participants were invited to take part in small group discussions focused either on how carbon markets can facilitate the achievement of NDC goals or on how NDC targets can be translated into strategies to decarbonise the power sector.  

Topic 1 Carbon pricing

  • Chai Qimin, China 
  • Jean-Yves Benoit, Québec (Canada) 
  • Anshari Rahman, Singapore 

 

Topic 2 Electricity sector

  • Veronica Gundu-Jakarasi, Zimbabwe
  • Juan Pedro Searle, Chile
  • Pedro Martins Barata, Get2C (Portugal)

16:30 – 18:00 Breakout Group 2: Part II - Reporting Tables (Mitigation)

The Modalities, Procedures and Guidelines (MPGs) adopted at COP24 in Katowice foresee the use of Common Reporting Tables (CRTs) for the reporting of national GHG inventories and Common Tabular format (CTFs) for a number of other areas, including information necessary to track progress towards NDCs under Article 4. During this session, speakers and participants discussed the main challenges encountered when reporting information on GHG inventories and potential challenges with reporting information on tracking progress towards NDCs, and explore options for new and improved tables.

Relevant documents

  • “Reporting Tables – potential areas of work under SBSTA and options, Part I - GHG inventories and Tracking Progress towards NDCs”, Rocha, M. (2019, draft)

Co-Facilitators

  • Julia Gardiner, Australia
  • Sandra Motshwanedi, South Africa

Speakers (with hyper-links to presentations)

 

Day 2: Wednesday 27 March, 2019 

 09:00-10:00 Breakout Group C: Part I – Updating NDCs

In adopting the Paris Agreement at COP21, the COP requested Parties to communicate an updated NDC by 2020. As countries have gained experience in the NDC process since 2015, a growing number are considering how to update their NDCs. Opportunities exist to broaden the coverage of NDCs, to frame them in ways more likely to attract support, and to enhance ambition in line with national development priorities. Sessions BG C (Part I and Part II) was an opportunity for countries to share their lessons learned to date on implementing policies and activities relevant to their NDC, and to explore options for updating their NDCs.

Organised in partnership with NDC Partnership.

Facilitator: Andrea Meza Murillo, Costa Rica

Speakers (with hyper-links to presentations)


09:00 - 10:30 Breakout Group 3: Part I - Moving forward with Article 6  

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement established a new framework to allow co-operative use of market mechanisms. Although Parties could not reach overall consensus on Article 6, paragraph 77(d) of the COP24 agreed modalities, procedures and guidelines (MPGs) for matters relating to Article 13 has a bearing on some Article 6.2 issues. This session discussed some of the implications of paragraph 77(d) on Article 6.2 negotiations. It also discussed some Article 6.2 issues from a technical perspective including accounting methods for single- and multi-year NDCs and on the timing of accounting for ITMOs.

Co-Facilitators

  • Sandra Greiner, Gambia
  • Kay Harrison, New Zealand

Speakers (with hyper-links to presentations)


10:30-12:30 Breakout Group C: Part II – Updating NDCs

Sessions Breakout Group C (Part I and Part II) was an opportunity for countries to share their lessons learned to date on implementing policies and activities relevant to their NDC, and to explore options for updating their NDCs.

Organised in partnership with NDC Partnership.

Topic 1: Options for updating NDC content 

  • Andrea Meza Murillo, Costa Rica
  • Henrik Hallgrim Eriksen, Norway

Topic 2: Process and institutional framework

  • Francisco Charry, Colombia
  • Romell Antonio Cuenca, Philippines

Topic 3: The role of support 

  • Deborah Ramalope, South Africa
  • Jacob Werksman, European Commission

11:00-12:30 Breakout Group 3: Part II – Moving forward with Article 6

The Katowice Climate Package states that “Parties could not reach consensus” on Article 6 and while progress towards consensus was made in many areas in Article 6.4 negotiations, a number of unresolved issues remain, such as on whether and how any transition from the Kyoto Protocol to Article 6.4 would occur. Speakers and participants discussed unresolved issues under Article 6.4 of a technical nature.

Relevant documents

“Analysing key technical issues for markets negotiations under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement”, Lo Re, L. and Vaidyula, M. (2019, draft)

Co-Facilitators

  • Sandra Greiner, Gambia
  • Kay Harrison, New Zealand

Speakers (with hyper-links to presentations)


 13:45-15:15 Insights from OECD and IEA flagship products

Presentations


15:45-16:45 Plenary: Co-facilitators’ key takeaways from breakout groups

The co-facilitators shared their three key takeaways from each breakout group discussion; see top of the page for the summary presentations


16:45-17:30 Closing Plenary: Closing plenary: Presidencies’ presentation

Speakers

  • Adam Guibourgé-Czetwertyński, Poland
  • H.E. Rodrigo Olsen, Chile

 

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