Governments are meeting in Bonn, Germany, for the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference to push nations towards the next stage in the fight against global warming with the view to ensuring a safer world for prosperous development. The conference seeks to fuel momentum among cities, states, regions, territories, businesses and civil society in support of national climate action plans, the internationally-agreed temperature goal and the wider objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It comes just two years after the landmark adoption of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, and against a backdrop of extreme weather events that have devastated the lives of millions of people in places like Asia, the Americas and the Caribbean. It is being presided over by Frank Bainimarama, the Prime Minister of Fiji. “The human suffering caused by intensifying hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, floods and threats to food security caused by climate change means there is no time to waste,” said Mr Bainimarama, who takes over as President of the COP23 conference from Morocco during the opening. “We must preserve the global consensus for decisive action enshrined in the Paris Agreement and aim for the most ambitious part of that target – to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees above that of the pre-industrial age,” he said. “Wherever we live, we are all vulnerable and need to act,” he added. COP23 in Bonn will respond to that call with new progress and initiatives in the two critical and inter-linked areas of action:
- Governments working to increase climate action under the terms of the Paris Agreement and the UN Climate Change Convention
- Showcasing, fostering and launching new and expanding global climate action initiatives by all actors with a view towards better coordination that aligns efforts in more efficient, effective and transformative ways.