For two weeks government delegations from around the world met in Bonn at the UN Climate Change Conference to discuss how to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement.
In parallel, non-official delegations from various groups organised protests, meetings, briefings and workshops on climate related issues, with the intent to influence and inform the policy makers at the official table.
2018 Talanoa Dialogue
One major realisation which surfaced in Bonn, was that sub-national and non-state parties play a crucial role. Sub-national parties were well represented in the non-official delegation from the US, made up by political heavyweights from US states and cities, as well as by the Compact of Mayors.
Not only has the role of these parties now been acknowledged, the Talanoa Dialogue announces an inclusive and participatory process that allows countries, as well as non-state actors, to share stories and showcase best practices in order to urgently raise ambition in nationally determined contributions (NDCs). This includes finding ways to also include the efforts of these non-state actors in calculations.
The state of the world
The main outcomes of the summit came down to the same conclusion– things are getting much worse much faster, and the world is reacting too slow. Several reports were presented during the two weeks of COP23 with evidence of this. The two main ones come from UN Environment Programme’s Emissions Gap Report 2017 and the Carbon Budget Project. Both reports focus on the gap between where we are today and where we should be in order to stay well below the 2˚C increase in global temperatures.
This year emissions have, after several years of stability, risen again by around 2%. Our remaining global carbon budget for the 1.5˚ and 2˚C targets are 200 and 800 gigatons of CO2 respectively, which means that if emissions stay as is we will run out of our budget in 5-20 years.
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