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Bridge-building Needed After Bonn Climate Conference

The Bonn Climate Conference helped “lay the groundwork” for COP28, according to UN Climate Change, despite only limited progress on many key issues. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Simon Stiell acknowledged the extensive time spent setting an agenda, but insisted “there are bridges that can be built to realise the common ground we know exists”. Representatives from developing nations criticised richer countries’ approach to climate finance, many parties expressed disappointment on the failure to agree a host country for the Santiago Network on loss and damage, and several speakers at the closing session complained of bullying and harassment. Observers also noted a “weak outcome” of the consideration of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, while others expressed optimism that a framework for the Global Goal on Adaptation could be agreed at COP28, despite “roadblocks” experience in Bonn. The two-week conference marks the end of the technical dialogue for the global stocktake, which paves the way for political decisions in Dubai at COP28 on the actions o be included in the next series of nationally determined contributions from signatories to the Paris Agreement. “Pledges by parties and their implementation are far from enough,” said Stiell. “The response to the stocktake will determine our success.” Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Global Climate and Energy Lead for WWF, and COP20 President, said: “COP28 must be a COP of credibility, and there is much work to be done to rebuild trust between parties.”


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