COP23 themes to be tackled at Climate Leadership Conference

As political leaders meet in Bonn during the second week of COP23, progress is being made on technical negotiations for the Paris Agreement implementation guidelines.

The draft documents will be submitted for approval by member nations and will then be worked on by negotiators over the coming year to be finally signed off at COP24 in Katowice, Poland next year as the official guidelines for implementing the Paris Agreement.

Meanwhile, theme days at COP23 have so far resulted in a range of outcomes, many of which will be considered at The Climate Leadership Conference in Sydney next March.

Significant outcomes to date include:

  • Adoption of the Bonn Fiji Commitment of Local and Regional Leaders to Deliver the Paris Agreement at All Levels

  • Launch of the InsuResilience Global Partnership for Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance Solutions . The German government has pledged 125 million US dollars to support InsuResilience Global Partnership.

  • Norway and Unilever have made a commitment of USD 400 million to stimulate resilient social development.

  • Call by the Executive Secretaries of the Biological Diversity, Climate Change, and Desertification Conventions for a Project Preparation Facility to secure finance for large projects that will help to address common issues.

  • A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat(UNFCCC) to tackle public health challenges emerging from rising temperatures and to help countries boost the efficiency of their response to climate change. WHO has launched a special initiative to protect people living in Small Island Developing States from the heath impacts of climate change.

  • A conference on aviation, weather and climate has developed a blueprint for action to boost scientific support for aviation safety, air navigation efficiency and environmental protection. The priorities include addressing the current and future impact on aviation operations of extreme weather, climate change, hazardous phenomena such as volcanic ash, space weather and geomagnetic storms.

  • A new Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA) to push for further, faster climate action and to stimulate greater political leadership in the sector, proposed by France​, the Netherlands​, Portugal​, Costa Rica and the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) . The TDA is envisaged to be a multi-stakeholder alliance consisting of countries, cities – regions, and private sector companies that are committed to ambitious action on transport and climate change. The TDA will establish a forum where frontrunners on transport and climate change meet and exchange good practices as well as common challenges in order to secure the transition to a net-zero emission sector by 2050+.

  • Launch by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) of the below50 initiative to promote low carbon fuels.

The implications for Australian governments, business and communities of these and other outcomes of COP23 will be the subject of The Climate Leadership Conference in Sydney on March 15-16, 2018.

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