Mountains to be featured at UNFCCC COP 23


To ensure that mountains are recognized in the processes of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Mountain Partnership members are organizing two side events during the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC on 6-17 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany. Mountain communities and environments face climate-related risks that require urgent action. To address these issues, two side events organized within the framework of the Mountain Partnership will aim to continue the process of building a Framework for Action for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in mountains and develop synergies with the Global Island Partnership to build a coalition for vulnerable ecosystems.

The focus of COP 23, hosted by the secretariat of the UNFCCC, and presided over by Fiji, will be to advance the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement and achieve progress on its implementation guidelines.

The two official COP 23 side events being organized within the framework of the Mountain Partnership include:

“Implementing the 2030 Agenda & Paris Agreement in mountains: building a Framework for Action”
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 – 18.20-20.00 – Meeting Room 2
Organized by the MPS, Government of Kyrgyzstan and International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), Mountain Partnership members will explore common challenges and solutions for addressing climate change impacts in mountains during the event, supporting concrete actions, putting in place long-lasting processes and establishing policies that strengthen the resilience of mountain peoples and environments.

“Mountains and Islands: building a coalition for vulnerable ecosystems”
Thursday, 16 November 2017– 18.20-20.00 – Meeting Room 2
Organized by the MPS, Government of Jamaica and The Mountain Institute (TMI), the event will explore issues related to climate change adaptation and management, share experiences and lessons learned, and build synergies among the Mountain Partnership and the Global Island Partnership, alliances that address the effects of climate change on vulnerable ecosystems.

Other institutions and Mountain Partnership members are also holding mountain-related side events and exhibits. For the full list of mountain-related events at COP 23, click here. Please note, the meeting rooms for the side events are not final and are subject to change.

COP 23 is the 2017 annual meeting of all countries that are part of the UNFCCC.

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