COP Bureau Reschedules Climate Change Discussions for October 2020
A decision was taken yesterday by the COP Bureau to postpone the UN Climate Change meetings of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB52) until October 4-12, 2020, at the World Conference Centre in Bonn, Germany. Pre-sessional meetings will take place from September 28 to October 3, 2020.
The decision by the Bureau took into consideration the guidelines from local German health authorities in relation to the global health crisis around COVID-19. It aims to ensure not only full inclusion and participation, but the well-being and safety of all involved. This review was also necessary as the COP Bureau is mandated to inform Parties and Observers at least two months before scheduling or location changes take place.
“I sincerely thank the City of Bonn and especially Bonn Mayor, Mr. Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, for his continuous support and for his support to find an alternative date and venue for these important discussions,” said UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa.
The Executive Secretary emphasized that climate action will continue throughout 2020 and that both the current COP Presidency of Chile, as well as the incoming COP Presidency of the United Kingdom, have committed to work in the coming months with both Party and non-Party stakeholders to continue engaging on matters of priority to the process.