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Stronger together in Bonn, Germany | November 6-17, 2017

The 2017 United Nations climate change negotiations, the Conference of the Parties (COP), was held in Bonn, Germany, 6-17 November.
The COP is the main decision-making body of the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Its main task is to assess the actions taken by the 198 member countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about the process here.

In the past, the COP was exclusively the domain of national governments. But in 2017, the global community of cities, regional governments, businesses and organizations were invited to take part in the process. 

WWF believes that we're stronger together, and we're committed to empowering the climate community to transform society and the global economy.

The landmark Paris Agreement, now ratified by more than 150 countries, is the new universally agreed regime for global climate action. The agreement clearly sets the future to achieve collectively, with a ‘well-below 2°C threshold with best efforts to not exceed 1.5°C’.

This future calls for a total transformation of our societies and the global economy. It's a big job, and nations can't do it alone. All of us - people, cities, regions, businesses, civil society organisations and progressive national governments - have a critical role to play in this effort.

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COP23 puts a strong focus on ambition, even as countries defer immediate action

As the UN climate talks end later today, WWF recognizes the progress made on laying the groundwork for increasing climate ambition up to 2020 and ...

17 Nov 2017 Read more »

Phasing out coal, powering a sustainable future

WWF welcomes the creation of the ‘The Global Alliance to Power Past Coal’, launched in Bonn today, as an important step toward building a coal-free ...

16 Nov 2017 Read more »
Foto: Confluencia de los ríos Teles Pires y Juruena, formando el río Tapajós. Mato Grosso, Amazonas, Brasil

Brazil subsidies to big oil could kill the 1.5 degree target

The Michel Temer administration has published an emergency bill that could endanger the very goal of the climate accord.

15 Nov 2017 Read more »
Coal fired power plant

WWF celebrates 'first step toward decarbonization' as Italy aims to phase out coal by 2025

​Coal phase out in Italy: Statement by Mariagrazia Midulla, Head of Climate and Energy, WWF-Italy

10 Nov 2017 Read more »
Flags at the UNFCCC in Bonn

State of Play on Negotiations: Will COP23 Meet Ambition?

Negotiators have just seven days to hammer out crucial details that will ensure the Paris Agreement stays on track to be fully operational by 2020.

10 Nov 2017 Read more »
A man rides a motorbike past flattened coconut trees after Typhoon Haiyan hit on Malapascua Island, off the north coast of Cebu, Philippines.

UN climate change talks struggle to deliver strong action on loss and damage

On the 4th anniversary of the devastating typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines in 2013, three major civil society groups demand the climate ...

08 Nov 2017 Read more »
cso review, climate, climate change, equity, cooperations, NDCs,

New report says cooperation, equity key factors to achieving ambition in NDCs

07 Nov 2017 Read more »
WWF at Cop23 Bonn, Germany

COP23 in Bonn: Africa to take an active part with expectations to implement Paris Agreement by 2020

The COP23 to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 6th to 17th November will be under the Pres-idency of Fiji Island and will focus on developing, in ...

07 Nov 2017 Read more »
UN climate body - the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - flags flying outside the Bonn conference centre where COP23 will take place.

Process to implement Paris Agreement by 2020 starts in Bonn next week

At COP23, WWF will support the Marrakech Partnership through hosting strategic discussions to advance the Action Agenda and accelerate climate action.

31 Oct 2017 Read more »
Wind turbines funnel wind from the Columbia River Gorge, Washington-Oregon border, United States.

As international climate negotiations begin, American non-federal leaders are still in

Assuring world leaders that the U.S. is still an ally in the fight against climate change, American non-federal leaders formally announced their ...

30 Oct 2017 Read more »
Marchers at COP22.

From Bula to Bonn, accelerating climate action to be in sharp focus at COP23

When the annual United Nations climate change conference gets underway in Bonn in early November, national leaders won’t be alone at the table.

25 Oct 2017 Read more »

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