Climate – France’s participation in the COP23 (Bonn, 6-17 November 2017)


The 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change chaired by the Republic of Fiji will be held in Bonn from November 6 to 17.

This is the first time that a small island nation – one of the most directly threatened by global warming – is chairing a COP session. The many state and non-state actors meeting in Bonn reflect the international mobilization to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement at a key moment.

The three main goals of this COP to promote concrete progress in the collective fight against climate change are:

  • to continue negotiating the implementing rules of the Paris Agreement, to be adopted at the COP24. This means defining the common characteristics of national contributions by harmonizing information provided by states and modes of compatibility, and specifying the perimeter of the five-year global review process that will enter in force in 2023.
  • to begin the Talanoa Dialogue aimed at collectively boosting the commitments taken by States, as it is nearly impossible to limit the rise in temperature to 2°C without an additional effort.
  • to continue promoting the Action Agenda. Specific days will be dedicated to such strategic sectors as renewables and water management.

France has mobilized its efforts to implement the Paris agreement. The July 2017 climate plan established a specific voluntary framework for France’s environmental and climate ambitions. We are one of the leading countries in the world to have established the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. We are also paying particular attention to the challenges of adapting our societies to climate change and preventing its effects.

The “France Space” (accessible via the “Bonn Zone”) will feature an awareness campaign and meetings with some 40 climate change experts for the two weeks of the conference.