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 of Regional Groups and Coordinators of Constituencies, held during the Katowice Climate Change Conference, Friday, 7 December 2018, in Katowice, Poland

The sixth consultations on the nominations for the election of officers under the Convention, Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement were convened on Friday, 7 December 2018. The consultations were chaired by Mr. Majid Shafiepour, Vice-President of the COP/CMP/CMA Bureau.

Recalling that only 52 nominations for constituted bodies were received for elections at COP 24, Vice-President Shafiepour urged Chairs and Coordinators to intensify their consultations and submit the final nominations for the SBSTA and SBI Vice-Chairs and Rapporteurs on Friday, 7 December 2018, so that the nominees can be elected at the closing of the SBs on Saturday, 8 December 2018. Vice-President Shafiepour further urged all other outstanding nominations should be submitted by Saturday, 8 December 2018.

Vice-President Shafiepour informed Chairs and Coordinators that further to the discussions on during the opening plenaries on Sunday, 2 December 2018, the election of Warsaw International Mechanism Executive Committee will be undertaken by the COP at this session. Vice-President Shafiepour also informed that once there is agreement on the CGE negotiations under the SBI, Chairs and Coordinators should be ready to submit the remaining CGE nominations.

Vice-President Shafiepour further informed Chairs and Coordinators that agreement has been reached on the composition of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform Facilitative Working Group (LCIPP FWG), and invited Chairs and Coordinators to submit nominations for member representatives and their alternates for the LCIPP FWG.

Vice-President Shafiepour invited the Chairs and Coordinators to monitor negotiations on the and membership of new bodies under the Paris Agreement (The supervisory body for the mechanism established by Article 6, paragraph 4, of the Paris Agreement; and the Committee to facilitate implementation and promote compliance referred to in Article 15, paragraph 2, of the Paris Agreement), and be ready to submit nominations, so that members to these new bodies can be elected by the CMA 1.3 at its closing session.

The secretariat provided a brief update on gender balance in UNFCCC bodies. Vice-President Shafiepour encouraged Chairs and Coordinators to improve efforts to achieve gender balance in their nominations.

Chairs and Coordinators informed that their internal consultations are in good progress and they will submit their nominations by the deadline.

The next stock-taking meeting will be convened on Tuesday, 11 December 2018.

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Summary of the consultations on elections with the Chairs and Coordinators of Regional Groups and Constituencies, held during the Bangkok Climate Change Conference, Tuesday, 4 September 2018

The fifth consultations on the nominations for the election of officers under the Convention, Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement were convened on Tuesday, 4 September 2018. The consultations were chaired by Mr. Majid Shafiepour, Vice-President of the COP/CMP/CMA Bureau.

Chairs and Coordinators informed that they are making good progress with consultations within their groups and constituencies to reach agreement on the nominations for elections. Some Chairs and Coordinators informed that they will be convening consultations and bilaterals with Parties within their groups and constituencies. Some Chairs and Coordinators also informed that they expect to submit nominations to the secretariat during the Bangkok session. The Chair of GRULAC requested the support of Vice-President Shafiepour at a meeting of GRULAC, should one be convened during the Bangkok session. The Chair of GRULAC also informed that he will submit a formal request to the secretariat to provide information on the nominations to be submitted by GRULAC.

In view of the intense workload for the forthcoming Katowice Conference, Vice-President Shafiepour encouraged Chairs and Coordinators to intensify efforts to finalize and submit the nominations from their groups and constituencies well in advance of the Conference. Vice-President Shafiepour reminded Chairs and Coordinators of the agreement reached during the Bonn Climate Change Conference in May, that they would submit the nominations for those 103 members and alternate members who are eligible for re-election at COP 24, and focus their attention on the nominations for the 34 vacant positions that are open for elections at COP 24.

The next consultations on elections will be convened in Katowice in December.

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Summary of the consultations on elections with the Chairs of regional groups and Coordinators of constituencies, held during the Bonn Climate Change Conference, Wednesday, 9 May 2018, in Bonn, Germany

The fourth consultations on the nominations for elections under the Convention, Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement, chaired by Vice-President Shafiepour, were convened on Wednesday, 9 May 2018.

The Coordinator of SIDS informed that the constituency had concluded their consultations and reached agreement on the nominations for elections at COP 24. She also reported that agreement has been reached with the Coordinator of LDCs on the member of the Paris Committee on Capacity-Building (PCCB) who would serve an initial two-year term of office. Vice-President Shafiepour thanked the Coordinator of SIDS for being the first group to reach agreement on all nominations for the COP 24 elections, and for the agreement reached with LDCs on the PCCB.

Chairs and Coordinators of other groups and constituencies informed that consultations are on-going on both the COP 23 and COP 24 nominations.

On the proposal of the Vice-President for a rotation mechanism for the COP Rapporteur (comprising the terms of reference and rotation modalities), the Chairs of Africa, Eastern Europe and WEOG expressed their support of the proposed mechanism.  The Chair of GRULAC informed that the group had no position on the proposal, and Chair of Asia-Pacific requested more time to reflect further.

Vice-President Shafiepour urged all Chairs and Coordinators to intensify consultations within their groups and constituencies and to submit the COP 23 outstanding nominations and the COP 24 nominations by close of business on 9 May 2018 or at the latest 10 May 2018.

Chairs and Coordinators of regional groups and constituencies agreed to continue these consultations at the additional session to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from Monday, 3 September, to Saturday, 8 September 2018. As Parties will focus on work on the PAWP at the additional session, Chairs and Coordinators were of the view that one, perhaps two, consultations could be held during the additional session.

Vice-President Shafiepour informed that he will continue to report to the President and Bureau on the consultations.

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Summary of the consultations on elections with the Chairs of regional groups and Coordinators of constituencies, held during the Bonn Climate Change Conference, Monday, 7 May 2018, in Bonn, Germany

The third consultations on the nominations on elections under the Convention, Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement, chaired by Vice-President Shafiepour, were convened on Monday, 7 May 2018.

Vice-President Shafiepour informed Chairs and Coordinators that the secretariat received a nomination of a member to the Paris Committee on Capacity-Building (PCCB) from Asia-Pacific. Accordingly, 2 of the over 136 nominations for the elections at COP 24 have now been received. He also reminded Chairs and Coordinators to urgently submit the 25 nominations that are outstanding from COP 23.

Vice-President Shafiepour reminded Coordinators of the Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries to confirm to the secretariat by Wednesday, 9 May 2018, the members of the PCCB who are serving a two-year term of office. He further informed that if confirmation was not received at that time, the remaining three-year term of office on the PCCB would be allocated to a regional group to ensure clarity to Parties of the six positions on the PCCB that are open for election at COP 24.

Vice-President Shafiepour presented to Chairs and Coordinators a Non-Paper on a proposed rotation mechanism for the COP Rapporteur. He invited the Chairs of regional groups to consult within their groups on the proposal and share their views at the next consultations.

Chairs and Coordinators informed that consultations are ongoing within their groups/constituencies, and requested an extension of the deadline to Wednesday, 9 May 2018, to submit the nominations outstanding from COP 23, as well as the nominations of those members eligible for re-election at COP 24.

Vice-President also informed Chairs and Coordinators that he will update the President and the Bureau of progress during these consultations at the bureau meeting to be convened on Tuesday, 8 May 2018.

The next consultations will be convened on Wednesday, 9 May 2018.

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Summary of the consultations on elections with the Chairs of Regional Groups and Coordinators of Constituencies, held during the Bonn Climate Change Conference, Thursday, 3 May 2018, in Bonn, Germany

The second consultations on the nominations on elections under the Convention, Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement, Chaired by Vice-President Shafiepour, were convened on Thursday, 3 May 2018.

Vice-President Shafiepour informed Chairs and Coordinators that the secretariat received the nomination of H.E. Mr. Michal Kurtyka (Poland) as President of COP 24/CMP 14/CMA 1.3, as well as a nomination to the Compliance Committee which was outstanding from COP 23.  The updated list of nominations is available on the UNFCCC website.

Vice-President Shafiepour also informed Chairs and Coordinators that he has informed the Chair of SBSTA of the recommendation to conduct the elections of the Vice Chair and Rapporteur of SBSTA at the December Conference to align with the elections by the SBI.

Vice-President Shafiepour urged Chairs and Coordinators to intensify their consultations on the remaining 25 nominations outstanding from COP 23 and to submit these by Monday, 7 May 2018.  With respect to the nominations for COP 24, he reminded Chairs and Coordinators to prioritize the nominations for those members and alternate members who are eligible for re-election to their current office.  He also reminded Chairs and Coordinators of Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, Small Island Developing States, and Least Developed Countries to confirm to the secretariat by Monday, 7 May 2018, the members of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB) who are serving a two-year term of office. 

On the proposal of the Chair of WEOG, Chairs and Coordinators also agreed to consider a mechanism for the rotation among regional groups for the position of COP Rapporteur, and requested secretariat to provide further information for their consideration.

Chairs and Coordinators informed that their internal consultations are in good progress and they will endeavor to submit the nominations by the deadline.

The next consultations will be convened on Monday, 7 May 2018.

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Summary of the consultations on elections with the Chairs of Regional Groups and Coordinators of Constituencies, held during the Bonn Climate Change Conference, Tuesday, 1 May 2018, in Bonn, Germany

The first consultations on the nominations for the election of officers under the Convention, Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement were convened on Tuesday, 1 May 2018.  The consultations were chaired by Mr. Majid Shafiepour,Vice-President of the COP/CMP/CMA Bureau.

Recalling that 26 nominations for constituted bodies are outstanding from COP 23, Vice-President Shafiepour urged Chairs and Coordinators to intensify their consultations and submit these pending nominations to the secretariat by Monday, 7 May 2018. 

Vice-President Shafiepour also urged Chairs and Coordinators to intensify their consultations on the nominations for the elections to be held in 2018, noting that over 146 nominations are expected.  He recommended that Chairs and Coordinators may wish to prioritize submitting nominations for those members and alternate members who are eligible for re-election for an additional term of office in their current office, noting that 104 current members and alternate members are eligible for re-election.  Nominations for those positions where the members or alternate members who are not eligible for re-election could be addressed afterwards.

Vice-President Shafiepour also requested the Chairs and Coordinators of Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, Small Island Developing States, and Least Developed Countries to urgently confirm the members of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB) who are serving a two-year term of office.  He noted that this confirmation is urgently needed for clarity on elections of the PCCB to be held at COP 24.

Vice-President Shafiepour also encouraged Chairs and Coordinators to improve efforts to achieve gender balance in their nominations.

Chairs and Coordinators informed that their internal consultations are in good progress and they will submit their nominations by the deadline.

The next consultations on elections will be convened on Thursday, 3 May 2018.