A total of 25,000 visitors are attending the United Nations conference of Parties (COP23) on climate change currently underway in Bonn, Germany.
The conference which opened on Monday November 6, and would be closing on Friday November 17, is on the theme: ”Further, Faster, Together in Bonn.
The Republic of Fiji is the host Nation and Presidency of COP23.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is organising the COP23, which is featuring various meetings, conferences, sessions, and other exhibitions, music festivals and other side-events are being attended by parties, negotiators, civil rights groups, and youth groups.
Also, leaders, and thinkers from governments, cities, States, business and civil society are gathering to apply their knowledge and act to build a future where clean energy, industry and farming, resistant to the ravages of extreme weather, provides the one chance of stable, and secure livelihoods for all.
COP23 comes against the background of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement that set the agenda for decades to come, with central goal to limit the overall average rise in global temperatures since the late 19th century to well below 2 degree Celsius and close as to 1.5 degrees.
‘’Anything above that and we enter a world of climate destruction that we may not survive’’, Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC has said.
‘It demands that we cut greenhouse emissions which raise temperature a lot faster than we have so far managed. Coupled with the 2030 agenda for the SGDs to eradicate poverty and ensure global equality.
The Paris Agreement sets out a blueprint towards the future countries want.
Ms Espinosa said:”we as individual citizens know clearly what climate change is and what it can bring. Who can look upon yet another year of repeated, record-breaking storms and flooding across the world and not know what their own eyes tell them?
‘’We know the problem and because if that we are increasingly willing to change. But let COP23 take Goethe’s words to heart: apply ourselves harder to the problem at hand and act further, Faster, and together’’, she said.