The Alps at UNFCCC COP23

The world conference on climate change took place over the last two weeks in Bonn, Germany, under the presidency of Fiji. Countries, IGOs and NGOs from around the world were negotiating the further implementation of the Paris Agreement. Mountain regions as small island states are particularly vulnerable to Climate Change. The Alps were playing an active role: starting with the side event on the “Climate Partnership of Alpine Communities” organized by Cipra at the German pavilion during the first week, on to the side event “Mountains in motion:  Climate Action in the Alps, the Carpathians, the Pyrenees and the Apennines” organized by Austria, Italy and the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention on Tuesday 14 November at the EU Pavilion. Furthermore, the effects of climate change in the Alps were also highlighted at the high level segment; first by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in his opening speech and later on in the address to the plenary of UNFCCC COP23 by the Secretary General of the Alpine Convention, who emphasized that concrete actions to tackle climate change are happening at all levels and need to be reinforced. Read the full speech here.
Also check our new folder Climate change – How it affects the Alps and what we can do.

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