COP 23

Bonn, Germany
6-17 November 2017

IISD at the Bonn UN Climate Change Conference

Governments from around the world are meeting in Bonn, Germany from November 6-17 at the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) to discuss implementation of the Paris Agreement. The meeting will focus on issues including compliance, cooperative approaches, finance, adaptation, gender, and loss and damage.

Experts from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will take part in discussions, promote research and convene events at the conference. IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, will provide daily coverage of the negotiations and relevant side events.

Resources

A short guide to COP 23

This Q&A has everything you need to understand the conference, including a brief background to the Paris agreement, the current status of negotiations and what's on the agenda for this year's meeting in Bonn.

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IISD Reporting Services

Reporting Services’ Earth Negotiations Bulletin provides multimedia coverage of the climate change negotiations. Our writers, photographers and videographers also offer a view of the events taking place at COP 23.

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From Bali to Marrakech

This book provides an overview of climate change negotiations during the decade from 2007-2016, with each chapter representing a year of climate negotiations based on IISD's analysis and reporting during this period.

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Areas of Focus

Adapting to climate change

IISD works to enable people, societies, economies and the environment to effectively respond to the impacts of climate change.

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Mitigating climate change

Our experts help policy-makers identify and prioritize options for reducing emissions and tackling climate change.

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Reforming harmful energy subsidies

Through the Global Subsidies Initiative, IISD helps governments move away from subsidies that hinder sustainability.

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New Research

Framework for Gender-Responsive National Adaptation Plan Processes

This brief presents the rationale for considering gender issues in climate change adaptation and introduces a working framework for gender-responsive NAP processes.

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At the Crossroads: Balancing the financial and social costs of coal transition in China

This report proposes recommendations for how reform can be managed to ensure that economic, social and environmental factors are built into the coal transition in Shanxi.

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Guidebook to Reviews of Fossil Fuel Subsidies: From self-reports to peer learning

This guidebook supports countries who intend to undertake self- or peer review of fossil fuel subsidies by clearly explaining the different elements of a review and providing sample case studies.

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Recent Blogs

From Paris to Lofoten and Back

Two recent developments emphasize the need to restrain fossil fuel supply and incorporate it into the climate change conversation, which crosscuts several SDGs.

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Adaptation Urgent as Climate Change Impacts Proliferate

Ignoring the need to adapt to climate change is no longer an option. Mitigation and adaptation are two sides of the same coin, and both are critical.

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Telling Climate Change Stories: Lessons from Saint Lucia

With a problem as large in scope and complexity as climate change, how can journalists tell stories that spur action and help audiences prepare for its impacts?

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IISD Events at COP

Supporting Implementation of the NDCs: The role of carbon pricing and fiscal policies

Fiscal policies such as carbon pricing and fossil fuel subsidy reform can mobilize revenues for climate finance and provide a cost-effective approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The role of such instruments in supporting climate action is increasingly recognized and over 90 countries included some form of fiscal policies in their nationally determined contributions (NDCs). This event examines the role of carbon pricing and fiscal policies in implementing the NDCs. It will bring together a panel of experts to discuss countries' commitments on fiscal policies in their NDCs, challenges faced, and what still needs to be done to meet the Paris targets.

when
Thursday, 9 November, 14:30-16:00
where
TBD
partners
Green Fiscal Policy Network, UN Environment

How Can Local-to-National Linkages Facilitate Inclusiveness in NAP Processes?

Development and Climate Days (D&C Days) is an annual event that brings together practitioners, negotiators, scientists and policymakers to explore key issues, share best practice, disseminate news, literature and reports, and promote links between development and climate. This year's event is organized by a partnership between RCRC Climate Centre, IIED, IDRC, GFDDR, MRFCJ, WMB, and DIE. This session at D&C Days will explore how local-to-national linkages in NAP processes can help to ensure inclusiveness, focusing on experiences and lessons related to: Opportunities created for participation of vulnerable groups and communities; Engagement of sub-national actors and how this strengthens consideration of gender and social diversity; Enabling factors for vertical integration to facilitate more inclusive NAP processes.

when
Saturday, 11 November, 16:00-17:30
where
Kameha Grand Bonn, Am Bonner Bogen 1
partners
NAP Global Network, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

Financing Adaptation: Private Sector Engagement in National Adaptation Plan Processes

As public sector finance alone will not be enough to finance NAP processes, there is increasing recognition of the need to engage the private sector in financing adaptation. Uncertainty remains, though, regarding how to mobilize private finance to advance implementation of adaptation priorities and how governments might influence private sector investment. This event will provide context and showcase examples of innovative approaches of how countries can work with private financiers and enterprises to finance their NAP processes.

when
Saturday, 11 November, 15:00-16:30
where
2017 Interconnections Zone
partners
German Development Institute, NAP Global Network

Financing Paris and the SDGs through Fuel Subsidy Reform and Taxation: Country Best Practice

This event will feature practical country and international efforts to remove fossil fuel subsidies and invest in renewables, public transport and energy efficiency. Phasing out $500 billion subsidies and introduction of fuel taxation has emissions reduction potential of 23% and liberates finance for sustainable energy.

when
Monday, 13 November, 18:30-20:00
where
Meeting Room 8 (550)
partners
Global Subsidies Initiative, Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform

NAP Global Network at the Gender Day Marketplace

On Gender Day, November 14, the NAP Global Network will have a stand at the Gender Day Marketplace organized by the UNFCCC Gender team. The goal of the marketplace is to showcase products, services and ideas that can support the implementation of gender-responsive Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and/or National Adaption Plans (NAPs). The NAP Global Network team will be there to share our ideas for integrating gender considerations in NAP processes, and talk about support we can offer to your country to integrate gender considerations.

when
Tuesday, 14 November, 13:00–18:00
where
Bonn Zone, Rheinaue Park
partners
Hosted by UNFCCC Gender Team

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: Facilitative Approaches and National Reform Efforts

Launch of the G20 peer reviews of Germany’s and Mexico’s peer reviews of fossil-fuel subsidies

when
Wednesday, 15 November, 10:00-11:30
where
German Pavilion
partners
World Bank, Germany BMUB

Empowerment for Inclusive Climate Action and Decision-making

Advancing women’s leadership and decision-making is crucial for successful responses to the challenges posed by climate change. This event will explore themes such as women’s empowerment, inclusive and gender-sensitive policies, and innovative practices to advance gender-responsive climate action.

when
Wednesday, 15 November, 15:00-16:30
where
Meeting Room 7
partners
Environment and Climate Change Canada, IISD (NAP Global Network Secretariat)

Launch of Fiji’s National Adaptation Plan Framework

This side event launches the Government of Fiji’s framework for their National Adaptation Plan (NAP) which has been produced with support from the NAP Global Network. In this event we will present the various elements of the NAP framework, ranging from its institutional arrangements, the approaches and principles which underpin how the NAP process will unfold, as well as some initial steps.

when
Friday, 17 November, 14:30-15:30
where
Fiji Pavilion
partners
Government of Fiji, NAP Global Network

IISD Team at COP

Aaron Cosbey

Aaron Cosbey

Senior Associate

Angie Dazé

Angie Dazé

Associate, Resilience

Julie Dekens

Julie Dekens

Senior Researcher

Ziona Eyob

Media and Communications Officer

Kaitlyn Finner

Progam Manager, NAP Global Network

Frédéric Gagnon-Lebrun

Frédéric Gagnon-Lebrun

Associate and Program Leader, Climate Change Mitigation

Philip Gass

Philip Gass

Senior Researcher

Langston James

Langston James "Kimo" Goree VI

Vice-President, Reporting Services and United Nations Liaison

Patrick Guerdat

Developing Country Engagement Officer

Anne Hammill

Anne Hammill

Director, Resilience

Christian Ledwell

Media and Communications Officer

Laura Merrill

Laura Merrill

Global Subsidies Initiative Operations Manager and Senior Policy Advisor

Peter Wooders

Peter Wooders

Group Director, Energy

Anna Zinecker

Policy Advisor