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Almost two years after reaching the Paris Agreement, governments from around the world will gather at the annual UN Climate Change Conference along with representatives of cities, states, companies and civil society organizations to advance the implementation of this vital accord.

In Paris, countries agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions in order to keep the increase in global average temperature this century well below 2oC compared to pre-industrial levels, and as close to 1.5oC as possible. They also committed to helping vulnerable nations adapt to the impacts of climate change.

At the conference in Bonn, delegates will further develop the operational guidelines on implementing the agreement’s provisions. These cover areas including transparency of action and support, emissions reductions, adaptation, finance, capacity-building and technology. Governments intend to finish this work in 2018, when they also will take stock of their collective efforts towards reaching the climate goals.

Fiji will become the first small-island state to preside over the conference. Small-island states are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including sea-level rise and extreme weather events such as hurricanes.

Who's speaking
  • Jukka Uosukainen
    Director of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)
UN Environment’s role

At UN Environment, we are throwing the full weight of our scientific expertise, solutions-based approaches and global convening power behind the Paris Agreement to help countries meet commitments and increase ambition.

We lead or cooperate in many initiatives that support the implementation of the agreement and engage non-state actors including civil society and the private sector. Examples include:

Helping countries implement their commitments through ecosystem-based adaptation, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and promoting renewable energy and improved energy efficiency.

Building the capacity of developing countries to monitor, report and verify their climate actions and achievements.

Assisting countries to draw up plans and implement projects that will reduce the effects of climate change and adapt to its impacts.

Support for countries to access global climate funds, including private climate finance

Delivering technical assistance to developing countries, providing inputs to the development of the technology framework under the Paris accord and hosting the Convention’s Climate Technology Centre and Network.

Preparing each year the Emissions Gap and Adaptation Gap reports measuring progress towards key climate action goals.

Linking efforts to combat climate change with those reducing air pollution and with the Sustainable Development Goals.

During the conference, UN Environment will hold many events related to these and other initiatives.

The UN Climate Change Conference

The annual Conference of the Parties brings together the 197 countries that have ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. As the twenty-third such gathering, it is known as COP23.

The Convention was one of three key environmental agreements reached at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Decisions under the Convention are guided by reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was established under the auspices of UN Environment and the World Meteorological Organization.

Under the Convention, nations have reached two key agreements on reducing greenhouse gas emissions: the Kyoto Protocol adopted in 1997, and the Paris Agreement adopted in 2015. The Paris accord is built around so-called “nationally determined contributions” as a means of achieving the goal of limiting the global temperature increase, and to step up those contributions over time.

For more background on the Convention and the Paris Agreement and practical information for those attending the Bonn conference, click here.

13 Nov 2017 - Day 1

Time & Place
Event Details
09:00
Bonn Zone, Exhibition Area
#RideforClimate stationary bike Participants are invited to ride a stationary race bike to contribute to a ride from Paris to Bonn and participate in Zwift #RideforClimate races.
09:00
Lawn of the Deutsche Post DHL Group Post Tower premises
8th Sustainable Innovation Forum SIF brings together 600+ carefully handpicked delegates, including : Ministers of Energy and Climate Change, Blue Chip CEOs, Mayors, Responsible Investors, Development Banks, Green Entrepreneurs and media, for two packed days of capacity building, networking, collaboration and deal making that will galvanise and fast track the green economy.
09:00
Nordic Pavilion, Bonn Zone
Jukka Uosukainen Director of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)
Morning talk on technology transfer Jukka Uosukainen will speak about the critical role that technology plays in implementing the Paris Agreement and highlight technology trends, opportunities for matchmaking, and the outlook for technology negotiations at COP23.
10:30
German Pavilion, Bonn Zone
Financial Risk and Opportunities in the Implementation of the Paris Agreement: UNEP FI experiences The transformation of the global economy towards the objectives of the Paris Agreement entails a major transition, the costs and benefits of which will depend on the way in which the financial system and the real economy anticipate and encourage the shift. UNEP FI will present its experience with two key initiatives to minimise the risks and maximise the opportunities of climate action – the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures pilot project and the energy efficiency finance work.
11:30
Global Climate Action Campus, Bonn Zone
High-Level roundtable on Finance: Mobilizing investment to support NDC implementation and increased ambition The panel will look at the supply of climate finance, and will showcase governments, companies and financial institutions that are leading the way in delivering successful climate financing solutions and evolving their governance and business models to address the opportunities and risks created by climate change.
13:15
Global Climate Action Campus, Bonn Zone
Global Climate Action high-level roundtable: Unblocking investment in climate resilience The roundtable will identify the major barriers to increasing the volume of investment into climate resilience in developing countries, and the opportunities resilience presents for investment.
13:15
Meeting Room 2, Bonn Zone
The role of economic and finance ministries in managing climate risk Member States will be better able to build resilience and manage climate risk if economic ministries are involved in planning and valuing NDCs. This event will highlight work done by IMF, World Bank and UN Environment to support member states in bringing a more holistic approach to financing and achieving their NDCs.
15:00
Global Climate Action Campus, Bonn Zone
Accelerating investor actions to implement the Paris Agreement and accelerate the low-carbon transition to below 2 degrees The event will showcase how investors and the finance sector are changing their own practices, and working with companies and governments, to deliver the Paris Agreement and accelerate the low-carbon transition.
15:00
Meeting Room 3, Bonn Zone
Transforming markets for buildings to deliver against SDGs 11, 7 and 13: A high-level dialogue This session will emphasize the building sector’s potential to further scale up efforts for zero emission buildings to become the norm, and showcase political commitments and positive examples of multi-stakeholder action, involving different parts of the buildings and construction sector value chain.
15:00
Mali Pavilion, Bonn Zone
Endogenous Technologies and the Natural Capital. Cross-Sectoral Capacities for Adaptation Endogenous technologies are the first climate technologies, developed through millennia by indigenous communities in response to climate, natural resources and local needs. Historically, they embraced a diverse range of sectors, from infrastructure and water management, forestry, agriculture to the built environment. This side event will bring together case studies with the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism and Capacity Building practices.
16:30
Cities & Regions Pavilion, Bonn Zone
Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Health – Maximizing Benefits in Cities This event will present solutions that can improve air quality and limit near-term climate change in cities, to address the health effects of climate and air pollution. Concrete ongoing actions will be presented, including the Urban Health Initiative with partners and the BreatheLife campaign, along with the tools and methods that have been developed.
16:45
Meeting Room 10, Bonn Zone
Scaling up implementation for accessing REDD+ payments The joint UN-REDD Programme / World Bank high-level side event will explore REDD+ finance streams, from bilateral and multilateral support to the private sector. It will further discuss initial experiences from readiness to access RBPs and financial opportunities ahead.
16:45
Meeting Room 1, Bonn Zone
High-Level roundtable on SDG 11: Catalyzing local climate action in waste management This High-Level event will show how the engagement of Human Settlements stakeholders have shifted into an implementation phase since the adoption of the Paris Agreement (PA) and the Sustainable Development Goal on Cities and Human Settlements (SDG11).
18:00
German Pavilion, Bonn Zone
The Importance of resource efficiency in the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement This side event will look at the opportunities offered by coupling resource efficiency and circular economy policies with climate action. Politicians and experts from different disciplines, backgrounds and regions will get together to discuss the role, challenges and best practices of systemic innovation, resource efficiency and circular economy for the Paris Agreement.
18:30
Fiji Pavilion, Bonn Zone
Launch of the UN Environment/World Bank Group Roadmap on Sustainable Finance Launch of the WBG/UNEP Roadmap for Sustainable Finance and discussion of the role that the financial sector is to play in climate finance and the activities that the WBG and UNEP are undertaking to support this process. The event will emphasize in particular the role of the private financial sector in this process through initiatives to (a) increasing capital flows towards climate finance through the development of new business models and products; (b) embedding environmental risks into its overall financial risks management processes; and (c) enhancing disclosure of climate risks and impacts.

14 Nov 2017 - Day 2

Time & Place
Event Details
09:00
Bonn Zone, Exhibition Area
#RideforClimate stationary bike Participants are invited to ride a stationary race bike to contribute to a ride from Paris to Bonn and participate in Zwift #RideforClimate races.
09:00
Lawn of the Deutsche Post DHL Group Post Tower premises
8th Sustainable Innovation Forum SIF brings together 600+ carefully handpicked delegates, including : Ministers of Energy and Climate Change, Blue Chip CEOs, Mayors, Responsible Investors, Development Banks, Green Entrepreneurs and media, for two packed days of capacity building, networking, collaboration and deal making that will galvanise and fast track the green economy.
11:30
Global Climate Action Campus, Bonn Zone
GCA: Why climate resilience matters for people in SIDS and other vulnerable countries? The event brings together high-level representatives from governments, private sector, international organizations and civil society to discuss successes in increasing climate resilience of countries and people most vulnerable to climate change focusing on SIDS across and within sectors.
12:00
Ministry of Environment
High-level roundtable on Energy Efficiency Finance and Investment At this high-level roundtable, the EEFTG will convene G20 policy and finance community stakeholders to discuss the G20 Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit as well as to present and share latest developments on the implementation of innovative policies, financial products and tools that enable greater deployment of energy efficiency finance.
13:15
Meeting Room 12 (170 theatre), Bonn Zone
Joint side-event of UNFCCC and UN Environment: Presentation of UN Environment 2017 Emissions Gap Report The report, one of UN Environment’s flagship products, is a scientific assessment of the so-called 'emissions gap' – the gap between anticipated emission levels in 2030, compared to levels consistent with a 2°C / 1.5° target.
14:15
Room 1, Bonn Zone
SDG2 High level round table -- Integrated Landscapes for Improved Food Security and Nutrition The roundtable explores challenges and opportunities in the forest and agricultural sectors. It identifies support needed to allow small-scale foresters, indigenous peoples and pastoralists to build sustainable coping strategies, and explores the role of investors and the private sector therein.
15:00
Global Climate Action Campus, Bonn Zone
GCA: Working with nature to build climate resilient and sustainable development High level speakers from public and private actors will present and discuss success stories of nature-based solutions for disaster and climate risk reduction and adaptation at local and national levels across and within sectors for resilient and sustainable development.
16:00
Room Rakiraki, Bula Zone
Climate & Clean Air Coalition High Level Assembly The Assembly will focus on opportunities and concrete actions to reduce methane and black carbon emissions from agriculture and municipal waste, for fast mitigation to benefit health, economic gains and climate protection.

15 Nov 2017 - Day 3

Time & Place
Event Details
09:00
Bonn Zone, Exhibition Area
#RideforClimate stationary bike Participants are invited to ride a stationary race bike to contribute to a ride from Paris to Bonn and participate in Zwift #RideforClimate races.
09:00
Lawn of the Deutsche Post DHL Group Post Tower premises, adjacent to the COP23 ‘Bula Zone’
Transforming Markets for Lighting, Appliances and Equipment: Proven Solutions for Developing and Emerging Economies Review progress on efficient lighting, appliances and equipment around the world. Announce new opportunities and key developments. Network with senior officials, top business executives and civil society leaders.
09:00
China Pavilion, Bonn Zone
High-Level Forum on South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Promoting Climate-Friendly and Sustainable Development: Challenges and Solutions of the Global South
11:00
Meeting Room 10, Bonn Zone
Investor and Company Actions on Disclosure of Climate Risks and Opportunities Showcasing how investors, the finance sector and companies are working with each other and Governments to ensure greater disclosure of climate-related financial information.
11:30
Press Conference Room 1, Bula Zone
Press conference on the launch of the Peatlands Rapid Response Assessment “Smoke on Water” Press conference with Erik Solheim
16:30
Japan Pavilion, Bonn Zone
Global Adaptation Network side event on adaptation and the private sector The annual global costs of adaptation are estimated to be as high as US$ 500 billion per year by 2050. These costs are unlikely to be met by public sources. It is often proposed that this gap should be met by the private sector. However, both the current level of private sector action on adaptation and the actions needed to increase that level are poorly understood. This event aims to address this issue by examining the barriers and opportunities relating to private sector action on adaptation.
16:45
Room 10, Bonn Zone
High-level side event "Good Peatland Governance to Strengthen Economic, Social and Ecosystem Resilience" Urgent attention to peatlands as a significant source of emissions is needed. Indonesia with its massive tropical peatlands will share concrete experiences in protecting peatlands from fires, loss and degradation.

16 Nov 2017 - Day 4

Time & Place
Event Details
09:00
Deutsche Welle
InsuResilience Global Partnership Forum The InsuResilience Global Partnership Forum explores innovative solutions for expanding climate and disaster risk finance and insurance solutions. The UN Climate Resilience Initiative will organise a session on the linkages between insurance and social protection and will launch a joint contest with InsuResilience and the MIT Climate CoLab on absorbing climate shocks and stresses.
09:30
Rheinhotel Dreesen GmbH, Rheinstraße 45-49, 53179 Bonn
High-level Green Finance Dialogue The Sustainable Stock Exchanges is convening a high-level dialogue on Green Finance. In the morning of this full day event CEOs and government officials will discuss the challenges and opportunities of green finance. Following a networking lunch, the afternoon will feature four technical workshops where international experts will be on hand to share the latest state of the art in green finance.
11:45
FSC International, Charles de Gaulle Strasse 5
Mobilizing finance for forests and REDD+: the key role of national forest and REDD+ finance strategies Event, organized with FOEN and UNFF, will highlight best practices for harnessing public and private finance with a focus on Latin American forest finance strategies.