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Folder COP23, UN Climate Change Conference November 2017, Bonn Germany

The 23rd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23) will be held in Bonn, Germany from November 6 to 17, 2017. 
The central aim of COP23 is to move forward on the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement and forge a grand coalition to accelerate climate action before 2020 (and beyond). This includes negotiations on the implementation guidelines for transparent climate action under the agreement as well as showcasing cooperative climate action, including on vulnerability and resilience, with examples from around the globe.


Water in COP23 


Monday, 6 November

- A low carbon, low energy water sector: scaling up from project to programmatic approaches 10:30-12:00
- Imagine our world with +4°C: Coping with the impacts of climate change on water for SDG 6, 11 & 14 16:45-18:15

Tuesday, 7 November

- Our Common Home: Land, Oceans and Water-Food-Ecosystem Resilience in the Mid-Latitude Region 15:00-16:30

Wednesday, 8 November

- Youth for Water and Climate 13:00-14:30

Thursday, 9 November

- Café speed-networking: French water actors and climate actors 9:00-10:00
- Side Event on International Cooperation of France in the Field of Water: Basin management for adaptation to climate change 10:30-12:00
- Nature-based solutions for water and adaptation to climate change 13:00-14:30
- WASH services and climate change: towards practical action for adaptation 13:20-14:20
- Water and adaptation in small island states 14:30-15:30
- The Lima Adaptation Knowledge Initiative: Closing Knowledge Gaps to Scale Up Adaptation 18:30-20:00
- Side Event on the Perspectives of the Incubation Platform of the Global Alliances for Water and Climate (GAWCIP) 15:00-16:30
- Reaching SDG 6 in the Context of Climate Change in the MENA Region 15:00-16:30

Friday, 10 November: Water Action Day

The International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) was designated by the UNFCCC Secretariat, as co-organizer of the official “Water Action Day”, in partnership with the WWC, IUCN, the French Water Partnership and SIWI/AGWA. This official “Water Action Day” will be organized on Friday 10th of November 2017, on the Global Climate Action (GCA) Campus of the Bonn Zone. It will be organize as :

  • One high level opening ceremony (room 2)
  • One high level “Water Dialogue” on improving water and climate financing (room 7)
  • Three parallel Breakout Sessions :
    -“Water knowledge to respond to climate uncertainty” (room 10)
    -“Water for urban resilience” (room 2)
    -“Water for sustainable agriculture and food security” (room 1)
  • One closing plenary (room 2)

 The opening plenary of this “Water Action Day” will be an opportunity to present the actions carried out since COP22 and the new commitments made during COP23 by the Global Alliances for Water and Climate (GAfWaC), composed of four stand-alone Alliances:

  • The Alliance of the 360 signatories of the Paris Pact on water and adaptation to climate change in the basins of rivers, lakes and aquifers, facilitated by INBO in partnership with UNECE,
  • The Business Alliance for Water And Climate Change - BAFWAC, launched by the Carbon Disclosure Project - CDP, the CEO Water Mandate, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and SUEZ, which has now 44 member organizations, including 30 leading companies,
  • The Alliance of Megacities for Water and Climate, facilitated by UNESCO, ICLEI, SIAAP and Arceau-IDF, gathering 16 Megacities for a total population of 300 million inhabitants.
  • The Global Clean Water Desalination Alliance, launched by Masdar Institute (UAE), which gathers companies and research and development organizations from 23 countries (i.e. United States, China, Korea, Japan).

Saturday, 11 November

- Building climate change resilience for WASH services with efficient Disaster Risk Reduction strategies 10:00-11:30

 Opening Human Settlements Roundtable: Setting the stage – Impact and potential of Human Settlements 10:00-11:15
- Reflections on GCA's Water and Ocean Days 17:00-tbd
- Water for Africa Initiative | 6th edition of the King Hassan II World Water Prize (a two-part event) 15:00-16:30

Tuesday, 14 November

- Financing water security and adaptation in NDC implementatio10:30-11:00

Wednesday, 15 November

- Water – vital for climate action: towards strengthened NDCs 10:00-13:00
- From Adaptation in NDCs to Bankable Climate Projects: The key role of the Water Cycle 16:30-18:00




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PDF 2017 Yearbook of Global Climate Action Launched at COP23 Download
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PDF WATER and CLIMATE Blue Book COP23 Download
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