23rd annual “conference of the parties”(COP) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) begun on November 6, 2017 in Bonn, Germany. This conference will continue till November 17, 2017.
Global climate talks begin in Germany with Fiji at the helm
- COP23 was opened on November 6, 2017 by Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe ‘Frank’ Bainimarama.
- Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe ‘Frank’ Bainimarama called for a sense of urgency in implementing the 2015 Paris accord on combating climate change as Fiji is already suffering the impacts of global warming.
- Diplomats from 195 nations, as well as scientists, lobbyists and environmentalists are participating in this event.
- During the course of this event, negotiators will focus on thrashing out some of the technical details of the 2015 Paris accord, which aims to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
India Pavilion Launched at Cop23 in Bonn “Conserving Now, Preserving Future” is India’s Theme
- The India Pavilion at COP 23 was inaugurated by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
- India’s theme for COP 23 is ‘Conserving Now, Preserving Future’.
- The India Pavilion at COP23 will create awareness about India’s positive climate actions in adaptation, mitigation, clean technology innovation and renewable energy.
- It will also serve as an ideal platform for the exchange of innovative ideas for the world to come together and take action.
India Pitches for Strong Pre-2020 Climate Action by Developed Countries
- At COP23, India along with the Like Minded Developing Countries (LMDC) group strongly voiced the need for urgent time bound action on climate change by developed countries in the pre-2020 period to build trust and confidence for ambitious climate action in post 2020 era.
- Ravi S. Prasad, India’s Chief Negotiator on Climate Change, called for early time-bound ratification of Kyoto Protocol (KP II) by developed countries to ensure the highest possible mitigation efforts under the Convention by all parties.