Climate talks in Bonn begin with call to accelerate action
10 November, 2017
The 2017 UN climate change conference started last Monday, aiming at more ambitious global action on climate change in order to put the world on a safer development path, news wires reported. The 23rd Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP23), which takes place from 6 to 17 November under the presidency of Fiji, brings together ministers and government officials, as well as a wide range of representatives from civil society and business.
The conference comes against a backdrop of extreme weather events and as a report from the World Meteorological Organization shows that 2017 will be one of the three hottest years on record, with many high-impact events including catastrophic hurricanes and floods, debilitating heatwaves and drought. Close to 20 country leaders are expected to attend the event, including French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The EU will be represented by Climate Action Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete and Estonian Environment Minister Siim Kiisler.
“COP23 in Bonn will show to the world the two faces of climate change,” UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said. “Firstly, positive momentum by so many governments aligning to the Paris Agreement's aims and goals, and secondly, the reality check. The thermometer of risk is rising, the pulse of the planet is racing, people are hurting.”
During the conference, the EU will host more than 100 side events at the EU Pavilion in Bonn. These events, organised by a variety of countries and organisations from Europe, will address a broad range of climate-related issues, from the energy transition to the role of forests and oceans, climate finance, research and innovation, and assessing climate risks. Ahead of the conference, a Commission's report revealed that greenhouse gas emissions in the EU were reduced by 23% between 1990 and 2016, while the economy grew by 53% over the same period.