COP23 in Bonn – a clear commitment to protect the climate

VIP visit: President Macron of France was among the guests who joined Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks on the sofa

VIP visit: President Macron of France was among the guests who joined Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks on the sofa, © Auswärtiges Amt

22.11.2017 - Article

“Further, Faster, Together” was the slogan of the Climate Change Conference in Bonn (6 to 17 November 2017), at which the international community clearly evinced its commitment to protect the climate.

New concept – one conference, two zones – pays off

Throughout the two weeks of negotiations in Bonn the focus was on the Paris Agreement of 2015. The international community made it clear that the Agreement was still valid, and that further action must be taken to protect the climate. Fiji is the first country to host the Climate Change Conference which is itself directly affected by the consequences of climate change – a factor that made a crucial contribution to the event’s success. Important steps for the Agreement’s implementation were agreed on, and key measures identified in the field of climate protection and Adaptation.

Negotiations were conducted in the Bula Zone – “bula” is Fijian for “hello”. The Bonn Zone in the Rheinaue park was the venue for a global gathering on climate and sustainability. A wide range of events in the national and NGO pavilions in the Bonn Zone resulted in a lively exchange between civil society and policymakers.

200 million euros for climate projects

Panel on climate and security
Panel on climate and security© Auswärtiges Amt

Germany boosted confidence in the negotiations by announcing climate funding commitments totalling over 200 million euros for climate protection projects and for climate risk insurance in poorer countries.

The German pavilion showcased the entire spectrum of German climate initiatives. Over 100 side events highlighted various aspects of Germany’s climate policy and cooperation with partner countries.

The Federal Foreign Office was also on site, raising awareness of its contributions to climate protection. The Green Sofa, a Federal Foreign Office energy project, welcomed prominent guests to draw attention to the global energy transition. A panel on climate and security, which included the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, spelt out the security policy implications of climate change: the consequences of extreme weather events and the rise in sea level have the potential to destabilise entire regions.

Giving island states a voice

Journalists from the Pacific region
Journalists from the Pacific region© Deutsche Welle

In addition, the Federal Foreign Office sponsored ten journalists from the Pacific region, thereby enabling them to report first hand from the Climate Conference and give the small island states a voice. The journalists also attended a media training course provided by Deutsche Welle and the UNFCCC Secretariat. For programme details click here: http://akademie.dw.com/pacificviews/?page_id=49

The participating journalists will remain in touch through a network established at the Conference. Their articles and impressions can be found on their blog:  ihrem Blog: http://akademie.dw.com/pacificviews/

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