In line with its COVID-19 response, the UNFCCC
secretariat is currently not convening any physical meetings. But the work in
2020 remains critical for making progress on climate change and, as the Executive Secretary has outlined, is not in
any form on hold. While the subsidiary body sessions (SB 52) have been
postponed to 4–12 October 2020, arrangements for continuing work through
virtual meetings have been put in place.
From 1 to 10
June 2020, a series of online events will be conducted under the guidance of
the chairs of the SBSTA and the SBI and with the support of the UNFCCC
This series of
online events offers an opportunity for Parties and other stakeholders to
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 on Climate
Empowerment, and the preparation and submission of nationally determined
contributions. Formal negotiations and decision-making are not envisaged for
these events; they will take place at the SB sessions in October of this year.
below lists events that will be organized during the June Momentum with their
format and tentative dates. Further details on each event will be provided in
As requested by the Bureau
of the Conference of the Parties at its meeting on 1 April this year, the
presiding officers, with the assistance of the secretariat, will soon make
available a calendar of UNFCCC events mandated for SB 52 and for 2020. Most of
the events that had been planned for the sessions or the intercessional period
will take place virtually.