Summaries of consultations with the Chairs and Coordinators of regional groups and constituencies during the Climate Change Conferences

Summary of the consultations on elections with the Chairs and Coordinators of regional groups and constituencies, held during the Bonn Climate Change Conference, Monday, 24 June 2019, in Bonn, Germany

 

The second consultations on the nominations for the election of offices of bodies under the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, chaired by Mrs. Una May Gordon, Vice President of the COP/CMP/CMA Bureau, were convened on Monday, 24 June 2019.

Chairs and Coordinators informed that consultations within their respective groups and constituencies to reach agreement on the nominations are progressing steadily. Some Chairs and Coordinators informed that they aim to transmit nominations by the end of the Bonn conference.  Some Chairs and Coordinators informed that they aim to transmit nominations during the inter-sessional period in advance of COP 25.  

Vice President Gordon encouraged Chairs and Coordinators to intensify consultations within their respective groups and constituencies and to transmit the nominations as early as possible and in advance of the conference in Santiago.

The next consultations will be convened in Santiago at COP 25.

 

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Summary of the consultations on elections with the Chairs and Coordinators of regional groups and constituencies, held during the Bonn Climate Change Conference, Tuesday, 18 June 2019, in Bonn, Germany

The first consultations on the nominations for the election of officers under the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement were convened on Tuesday, 18 June 2019.  The consultations were chaired by Ms. Una May Gordon, Vice-President of the COP/CMP/CMA Bureau.

Recalling that 28 nominations for constituted bodies are outstanding from COP 24 and recent resignations, Vice-President Gordon urged Chairs and Coordinators to intensify their consultations and transmit these outstanding nominations to the secretariat by Monday, 24 June 2019.   Vice-President Gordon noted that these vacancies were hampering the proper functioning of these bodies to undertake their mandates, and noted that in some cases, some regional groups have not been represented at the meetings of these bodies convened in the first half of this year.

Vice-President Gordon also informed Chairs that over 140 nominations are expected for the elections to be held at COP 25 in Santiago, Chile.  Following the approach applied for the COP 24 elections, Vice-president Gordon recommended that Chairs and Coordinators may wish to prioritize transmitting the nominations for those members and alternate members who are eligible for re-election for an additional term of office in their current position, noting that 72 such members and alternate members are eligible for re-election. She urged Chairs and Coordinators to transmit these 72 nominations to the secretariat by Monday, 24 June 2019.  Nominations for those positions where the members or alternate members are not eligible for re-election could be addressed afterwards.

Chairs and Coordinators expressed their appreciation for the information on the elections and nominations provided by the secretariat and made available on UNFCCC website.  In response to request for more information on the regional groups that have served in the positions of Chairs of SBSTA and SBI, the Chair informed that the secretariat will provide this information to all Chairs and Coordinators shortly. 

Vice-President Gordon also encouraged Chairs and Coordinators to improve efforts to achieve the goal of gender equity and balance in their nominations this year.

Chairs and Coordinators informed that their internal consultations are in good progress and they will aim to transmit the nominations for their respective groups and constituencies by the deadline.

The next consultations will be held during the week of 24 June 2019.