In my previous article I have touched base on the Conference of the People commonly known as (COP).COP 23 is currently underway in Bonn Germany, it started on the 06-17 Nov 2017. This conference precedes COP 22 that was in Nov 2016.
Briefly, let me lay the background of this conference. COP is the supreme decision-making body of the convention. A key task for the COP is to review the national communications and emission inventories submitted by Parties. Based on this information, the COP assesses the effects of the measures taken by parties and the progress made in achieving the ultimate objectives of the convention, as defined by United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In simple terms COP is a collective Nations that is responsible to set a guideline for reducing the effects of Climate change and Environmental protection. COP meets every year, unless the parties decides otherwise. This is an annual climate change convention under the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol (KP) and the Paris Agreement (PA). The first talk was held in Berlin Germany March, 1995
Just to have an idea about the nations that take part in the COP. That includes but not limited to Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Central and East Europe and Western Europe.
As the proceedings commenced in Bonn, issues briefly on the agenda include among other things:
- The United States withdrawal from the Paris Agreement (I will tell you more about this agreement in my next blog article)
- How to produce a negotiating text that is party-driven and inclusive, balanced on all the elements and reflects the position of all parties.
- Purpose of the guidance on the information that needs to be provided by parties as regards to their mitigation contribution
- The other issue is the differentiation between developed and developing countries in terms of operationalization and mobilizing the Paris Agreement.
- The parties will hold a dialogue called the “Talanoa Dialogue” (based on the spirit Pacific tradition that is used in Fiji with the purpose of sharing stories, build empathy and trust).
In addition to the above, there is an outcry from the developing countries for financial and technology support that is expected from the developed countries. It has surfaced that they have not lived up to their obligations during the past year. The developing countries wish to see some form of emphasis and commitment to be reached during this year’s proceedings. As the 2 week conference continues, I will bring you more points of discussions as they unfold. To learn more about the proceedings of COP 23 you can visit the following site http://newsroom.unfccc.int/cop-23-bonn/.
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