COP23: the Bula spirit makes progress on Paris Agreement implementation

The 23rd session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties concluded its works on the early morning of Saturday 18th November, after that delegates spent all night discussing final agreements on  financing issues.

As one of the implementation COPs following the entry into force of the Paris Agreement, the Conference held in Bonn from 6 to 18 November under the Fijian presidency, had indeed among its major objectives to make progress on the Facilitative dialogue 2018 and on the set of rules governing the agreement.  Overall, the COP managed to accomplish its tasks with even some complementary achievements.

The main outcome of the Conference is the “Fiji Momentum for Implementation”, a 10 page document, which aims to advance guidelines on the implementation of the Paris Agreement. In particular, it is built around three main chapters, namely: some general provisions to accelerate next year’s efforts in order to complete the Paris Agreement work programme by 2018, an outline of the design of the 2018 facilitative dialogue, now known as the “Talanoa dialogue” because of its Fijian approach, and the provisions to enhance the pre-2020 implementation and ambition.

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