UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn

Under the Presidency of Fiji, the 23rd Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) convened from 6-17 November 2017 and brought together more than 16,000 participants. The attendees were government officials, representatives of UN bodies and agencies, intergovernmental organizations, civil society organizations and members of the media.

The parties discussed the future of the Paris Agreement after the withdrawal of the United States, made significant progress towards the COP24 by preparing biding decisions, as well as common rules and guidelines on the implementation of the agreement, including the issue of transparency. Aside from this, the integration of climate-policy objectives were discussed in the context of multilateral development agenda. COP23 also agreed on an international expert dialogue, which will convene at the next intersessional meeting (in May 2018), and will address climate change-related losses and damages. The COP 22 and COP 23 presidencies have conducted consultations on the Talanoa Dialogue throughout 2017, which were continued during the sessions of the conference. The dialogue aims to accelerate progress in addressing unfinished negotiating business and to actively shape future activities towards more ambitious and effective climate policy. The Talanoa Dialogue is the first step in the cycles of progressive ambition, which should take place every five years, and thus a critical feature of the Paris Agreement. The Conference was expected to fulfill high expectations, with regard to small island states that are particularly threatened by the impacts of climate change. Further topics on the agenda included addressing climate change adaptation, climate-related losses and damages in terms of global fossil fuel phase-out, and progress on climate financing. At the end of the negotiations, parties adopted 31 decisions that give guidance on the completion of the Paris Agreement work programme, launched the Talanoa Dialogue, and gave prominence to pre-2020 implementation and ambition under the “Fiji Momentum for Implementation”. Furthermore, negotiators approved the Gender Action Plan – to support the crucial role of women in combating climate change - and also launched the Platform for Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples.

To read more about the outcomes of the COP23, please follow this link: https://cop23.unfccc.int/news/bonn-climate-conference-becomes-launch-pad-for-higher-ambition

A summary by the IISD Reporting Services can be found here:
http://enb.iisd.org/download/pdf/enb12714e.pdf