Germany and Fiji hosting global climate conference
Speaking at the opening session of the 23rd Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, on Monday, UN’s climate chief Patricia Espinosa said millions of people were at risk due to extreme weather events.
“This is the 23rd COP conference. But never before have we met with a greater sense of urgency,” she said.
“2017 will likely be one of the three hottest years on record. And long term indicators of climate change such as carbon dioxide concentrations, sea-level rise, ocean acidification, among other disturbing phenomena, will continue unless we act,” she stressed.
Some 195 states, 80 international organizations, and more than a thousand NGOs are participating in the 23rd Climate Change Conference, which will continue until November 17.
Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks, who is co-hosting the conference with the tiny island nation of Fiji, called for the effective implementation of the Paris climate accord of 2015. ■