Preparations for COP 23 are fully underway

The UN Climate Change Conference will take place from 6 to 17 November at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany. It is hosted by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and will be convened under the Presidency of Fiji.

The Conference will comprise sessions of:

  • The Conference of the Parties (COP 23);
  • The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 13);  
  • The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1.2);
  • The Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 47);  
  • The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 47);  
  • The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1.4).

The conference will bring together governments in order to advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement and make progress in the development of guidelines to be completed by COP 24 in 2018. These guidelines will clarify on how the Paris Agreement’s provisions will be implemented across a wide range of issues including transparency, adaptation, emission reductions, provision of finance, capacity-building and technology. The High-Level Segment of the conference to be attended by dignitaries, ministers and other senior officials, will be on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 and Thursday, 16 November 2017.

One conference, two zones

The COP 23 presents the piloting of a new setting for future climate conferences: Under the “One conference, Two zones” concept, plenary halls and meeting rooms for negotiations, delegation offices as well as major media facilities will be housed in the former “Blue Zone”, currently referred to as “Bula Zone.”

The other zone, called the “Bonn Zone”, will host many events and exhibits by Parties, non-Party stakeholders, the UNFCCC Secretariat and the Government of Germany, as well as some media activities. You can take this virtual tour of the venue to see in detail how the two zones will be organized.

Non-Party stakeholder engagement

For non-Party stakeholders, including regional governments and their networks there will be a wide array of events:

As at past climate change conferences a large number of side events organised by governments, NGOs, the UNFCCC and other UN organisations will take place. The application process for side events already closed and the UNFCCC Secretariat is currently reviewing the applications. nrg4SD applicated for a side event together with SACEP, the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme, with the topic “Implementing NDCs:  Planning and coordination at the regional, national and subnational level.”

The Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action will have a series of events structured around the thematic areas of the Partnership. The events for the human settlements theme will be clustered on Saturday, 11 November 2017 under the proposed themes of urban planning, vertical integration, access to finance, capacity-building for locals and subnationals and circular economy. Additionally, in the second week of COP 23 there will be the high level engagement events with several high-level roundtables. Monday, 13 November is dedicated to the topic of SDG 11 (“Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”) and Tuesday, 14 Monday will focus on SDG 2 (“End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”).

Sunday, 12 November 2017, will see the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders. It will bring together local and regional leaders to strengthen their resolve to curb climate change and prepare for its effect. It will be a possibility to forge strategic partnerships with nations and non-Party climate stakeholders and will be the jumping off point for key partnerships that support implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. The Summit will focus on four key themes:

  1. Multilevel governance to achieve Nationally Determined Contributions
  2. Holistic approaches to sustainable development
  3. Community and business engagement
  4. Partnerships for action in Africa, Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States

The first batch of personalised invitation was already sent to more than 600 city, region and state leaders. For more information on the Summit please consult:

The German Development Institute will host the Interconnections Zone during COP 23 at its premises, only five minutes walking distance from the Bula Zone. It will focus on the integration of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. It will be a transdisciplinary space welcoming a wide range of stakeholders from civil society, academia and governments among others. It will explore the interconnections and synergies between climate change and sustainable development and will be accessible to participants with and without COP23 accreditation.

The UN Climate Change Conference also enables virtual participation through live webcast and social media community tools like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

For more information on the conference, please refer to the COP 23 Information Hub.



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