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Nigeria, others meet in Bonn to step up Paris accord implementation

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Global attention will from today shift to Bonn, Germany, as Nigeria and 196 other countries to kick-start another round of United Nations (UN) climate change negotiations. This is to further develop the guidelines for implementing the landmark 2015 Paris climate change agreement.

The 10-day talks will allow the agreement to become operational. The guidelines, or operating manual, are needed to unlock practical actions to realise the full potential of the agreement. The final decisions are to be taken at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Poland at the end of this year.

Finalising the Paris agreement guidelines is also necessary to assess whether the world is on track to achieve the agreement’s goals: to limit the global temperature increase to well below 2°C, while pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C.

At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) held last November under the leadership of Fiji, nations agreed to accelerate and complete their work to put in place the guidelines – officially termed the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP) – at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, in December.

Another important objective of the May session is holding the ‘Talanoa Dialogue’ that will facilitate the engagement of countries and a range of stakeholders in a vital international conversation around ambition now and in the future.

The Fiji-led Talanoa Dialogue is facilitated by the UN Climate Change secretariat and will benefit from the presence of high-level officials from Fiji, including the Prime Minister, who is the President of COP23.

The consultative dialogue will check progress, re-affirm the goals of the Paris agreement and aim to find solutions to how countries can increase their ambition now and in the next round of their national climate action plans, officially termed ‘Nationally Determined Contributions’.

“To reach success at COP24, it is essential that nations begin working towards draft negotiating texts at the May meeting. This will provide a solid foundation for work in the second half of 2018 and help them to deliver a strong result.

“2017 witnessed many extreme weather events and disasters that caused suffering for millions of people around the world. The consequences of climate change impacts are already being felt, particularly by the most vulnerable communities.

“The Talanoa Dialogue is a key opportunity for all stakeholders to come together and share stories on how we can significantly step up climate action to prevent even greater human suffering in the future. I encourage widespread participation in the dialogue,” Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, said.


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