Bonn sets foundation for climate action ahead of COP23

The Paris Agreement © IISD Reporting ServiceBonn (18 May 2017) – Climate negotiators have kept their focus on the implementation of the Paris Agreement at the mid-year round of UN climate talks in Bonn ending today, setting the course for a substantive outcome at COP23.

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF's global Climate & Energy Practice said it was encouraging to see that discussions in Bonn were not around whether or not the Paris Agreement was needed but rather about the details of its implementation. "This sends a strong signal that the climate negotiations are not being paralysed by politics. Rather, negotiators have engaged in the technical discussions that are required to make substantial progress by COP23 on the rules that will guide the implementation of the agreement," he said.

Pulgar-Vidal emphasized the urgency to scale up equitable climate ambition by all countries, with non-State actors such as business, cities, regional governments and the public also contributing to galvanising climate action. "From now through November, we have to ensure we get the impetus to increase ambition. Other international processes – like the G7 and G20 – offer immediate political moments where leaders can show their commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and scaling up of climate action."

While the technical discussions were only expected to progress incrementally during this session, faster progress ahead is essential. "We only have 18 months left to complete the rulebook, so we must see the pace pick up if it is to be completed on time." 

COP23 will take place in Bonn between 6 and 17 November 2017 and will be hosted by Fiji. This is the first time an island state has led the negotiations. "The Fijian COP Presidency has made a strong impression and is eager to ensure a successful COP."

For further information contact Mandy Jean Woods mwoods@wwf.org.za 

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