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COP 23

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

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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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UN climate talks set for good ending: Fiji
AAP (Australia), 13 November 2017

One nation, two tribes: opposing visions of US climate role on show in Bonn
The Guardian (UK), 9 November 2017

COP23: US absence felt on first day of UN climate summit
Deutsche Welle (Germany), 7 November 2017

COP23: Testing times for Paris climate pact after Trump withdrawal
Al Jazeera (International), 5 November 2017

Climate chief Manuel Pulgar Vidal says 'keep momentum'
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Press releases

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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 ...

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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 »
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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

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