Bonn, 28 May
2020 – At a virtual meeting
today, the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC committed to
take forward crucial work to tackle climate change under the umbrella of the UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), despite the COVID-19 crisis.
The 11 members
of the Bureau are nominated by each of the five United Nations regional groups
and Small Island Developing States, and provide advice and guidance regarding
the ongoing work under the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris
Agreement, the organization of their sessions and the relevant support by the
UN Climate Change secretariat.
Since the last
meeting of the Bureau in April, the work of the UNFCCC secretariat has not
slowed, with several initiatives launched in order to drive momentum, showcase
continuing climate action and urging greater climate ambition from all segments
Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, said: “Our efforts to address
climate change and COVID-19 are not mutually exclusive. If done right, the
recovery from the COVID-19 crisis can steer us to a more inclusive and
sustainable climate path. We honor those whom we have lost by working with
renewed commitment and continuing to demonstrate leadership and determination
in addressing climate change, and building a safe, clean, just and resilient
In addition to several technical meetings organized by
the UN Climate Change secretariat, key political events have taken place this
year, for example the Petersberg Climate Dialogue and the Placencia
From 1 to 10 June 2020, a series of online events will
be conducted under the guidance of the Chairs of the UNFCCC’s Subsidiary
Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body
for Implementation and with the support of the UNFCCC secretariat,
the June Momentum for Climate Change.
Momentum events offer an opportunity for Parties and other stakeholders to meet
virtually and continue exchanging views and sharing information in order to
maintain momentum in the UNFCCC process and to showcase how climate action is
progressing under the special circumstances the world is currently facing.
include advancing technical work under the constituted bodies, as well as
providing a platform for information exchange and engagement on other work
being done under the UNFCCC, including on adaptation, mitigation, science,
finance, technology, capacity-building, transparency, gender, Action
for Climate Empowerment, and the preparation and submission of nationally
negotiations and decision-making are not envisaged for these events and will
take place at the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body sessions which are scheduled for
October of this year.
The Bureau of the Conference of
the Parties, with the UK and its Italian partners today also
agreed new dates for the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, which will now
take place between 1 and 12 November 2021, in Glasgow.
was originally set to take place in November 2020, but had been postponed due