UN climate negotiators from countries around the world are currently in Bonn, Germany for COP23, which is being presided over by Fiji, the first Island nation to ever hold the presidency of a COP
They are there until 17 November, discussing how to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change.
A key part of this must be a push by national governments to increase their national targets (NDCs) by 2020.
The role of non-state actors like business, cities, investors and local governments will come under the spotlight in Bonn. The aim is to further integrate, account for and maximise, their climate actions.
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF’s global climate and energy work, said:
“Individual ambitions can be strengthened through collaboration to identify opportunities for deeper impact and the scaling up of efforts, and I hope that COP23 provides the common ground to do that.”
A key part of the Paris Agreement is developing mid-century decarbonisation strategies - which are of course MaxiMiseR’s focus. In fact, part of the MaxiMiseR team is attending COP23 in order to spread the word on the project and share lessons learnt on long-term strategies from the EU to other non-EU countries.
We are not expecting any major developments on long-term strategies at COP23, but they are due to be on the agenda of the G20 summit next year.
In the meantime, the MaxiMiseR team is focusing on EU policy. We are calling for the EU’s governance regulation proposal - currently under discussion - to make 2050 climate strategies binding and for the EU to provide guidance to help Member States develop strong strategies.
There is an important European Parliament committee vote on the governance proposal on 7 December 2017, and to date over 35 organisations have signed our joint statement in support of strong 2050 climate strategies!