COP 2017 – implementing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

News – Friday, November 10th, 2017


The 23rd annual “conference of the parties” (COP) is taking place in Bonn, Germany from 6-17 November.

The UN Climate Change Conference is the next step for governments to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement and accelerate the transformation to sustainable, resilient and climate-safe development. This conference will further clarify the enabling frameworks that will make the agreement fully operational and the support needed for all nations to achieve their climate change goals.

The Paris Agreement calls for concerted action to hold the increase in global average temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial levels. But scientific research is revealing more about climate change each year, and we now know that change is occurring at a faster rate than we believed when the Paris Agreement was forged. That means that we must embrace the Paris Agreement’s more ambitious target of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest.

This COOP in Bonn comes at a time when it is no longer sufficient to maintain the momentum. It is time to accelerate the pace of positive change if we are to halt the potentially destructive effects of Climate Change.

To meet the climate change and sustainable development challenge, everyone must be empowered to contribute. We all have a role to play, and COP 23 will shine a light on both action underway and the many possible actions every individual and institution can take moving forward.