State Secretary Walter J. Lindner and the Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, signed a bilateral agreement in Bonn on 4 September that forms the legal basis for organising and hosting the 23rd UN Climate Change Conference (COP23). The conference will take place in Bonn, seat of the UNFCCC Secretariat, from 6 to 17 November.
Global relevance of COP23
State Secretary Walter J. Lindner commented as follows on the signing of the agreement on COP23 today (4 September 2017): “Climate change often causes water and food shortages, leads to conflicts over land and resources and consequently gives rise to refugee and migration crises. The UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn is therefore of particular global relevance. Once again, Bonn has an opportunity to demonstrate its calibre as a UN city and as a conference location.”
Germany as a hub for climate action
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa added: “Germany’s support for Fiji, for the UN climate change team and for every person who will attend COP23 shows the country’s commitment to climate and sustainable development goals. For participants ranging from Heads of State and Ministers to CEOs of major companies, civil society and young people, Germany will be the hub for global climate action in November. And Bonn is a UN city and is now truly becoming a sustainability hub.”
This year, the island state of Fiji holds the COP23 Presidency and, in conjunction with the UNFCCC, is inviting States Parties to take part in the conference. Germany is “organisational” host and is helping Fiji and the UNFCCC Secretariat to run COP23, which will have around 20,000 participants. Diplomats, politicians and representatives of civil society from around the world will meet in Bonn in November.