The COP23 climate change summit in Bonn and why it matters
The world’s nations have met for the 23rd annual “conference of the parties” (COP) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which aims to halt global warming. It took place in Bonn, Germany from 6-17 November.
The landmark Paris Agreement at COP21 in 2015 delivered the first truly global deal to tackle climate change, but national action needs to be significantly toughened to meet the goal of keeping global temperature rise to well below 2C, and 1.5C if possible.
The Paris Agreement set out principles, but not the details. The current pledges for carbon cuts by the world’s nations would mean at least 3C of global warming and severe damage.