Climate Change Conference in Bonn

02.11.2017 - Article

It is the largest international conference ever hosted in Germany: Under the Presidency of the Republic of Fiji, up to 25,000 representatives of governments and NGOs are gathering in Bonn from 6 to 17 November for the 23rd UN Climate Change Conference (COP23).

Clear message on climate protection

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New climate protection initiatives, innovative projects and sustainable solutions will be the focus of attention as up to 25,000 players from the world of politics, civil society, business, academia and industry come together in Bonn. The task will be to send a clear political message on climate protection: at the 23rd Climate Change Conference an understanding will be reached on further steps to implement the Paris Agreement.
Germany, too, will be represented at the conference. In the German Pavilion, the focus will be on Germany’s climate protection policy and the cooperation on climate protection and adaptation with partner countries. The spotlight will also be on the connection between climate and security, as well as the global energy transition.

“One conference, Two zones”

Bonn is hosting the conference, while Fiji is presiding over it. Fittingly, the conference motto is “One conference, Two zones”. Negotiations will be conducted in the Bula Zone – bula means hello in Fiji. All climate events and exhibits by state or non state stakeholders are being hosted in temporary structures in the Rheinaue Park.

The island state of Fiji is presiding over the conference for the first time, but is unable to stage it; the small country does not have the logistical capacities which a conference with up to 25,000 participants requires. The conference is therefore taking place in Bonn, the headquarters of the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCCC).

Sustainability – another focus of the conference

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UN location Bonn © City of Bonn

Climate protection and sustainability are not only the themes of the conference, for the conference itself is to be as sustainable as possible: mostly vegetarian food will be on offer, while waste is to be kept to a minimum. After the conference, the flower meadow in the Rheinaue Park is to be restored.

Find out more:

Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change


Enviroment Ministry on COP23


Development Cooperation Ministry on COP23


Land NRW on COP23


City of Bonn on COP23


Germany’s Energiewende


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