Video / 01 Dec, 2017
Patricia Espinosa on Key COP23 Outcomes

2018 Will Be Critical Year for Faster Climate Action

At the November UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany, countries took important steps to rapidly implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement and non-Party stakeholders made some major action announcements in support of the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. But the dramatic reality of recent extreme weather events and scientific findings that climate change is accelerating and that greenhouse gas emissions are again on the rise mean that climate action must speed up.

That was the key message of UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa when summarizing the outcomes of COP23 at the last SD Talk on Climate Action this week, Ms. Espinosa said:

“We have not just kept the momentum since Paris, but we have seen an increased support to action from different areas, not only governments. But we continue to see suffering, loss of lives and livelihoods due to extreme weather that underline the urgency of action making us aware that as much as we are doing until now it is not enough.”

The Bonn climate conference became a launch-pad for higher climate ambition after countries agreed on a number of key decisions that range from the design of 2018 “Talanoa” Dialogue to an historic breakthrough in agriculture for reducing emissions from this sector whilst increasing food security. Ms. Espinosa explained the relevance of these and other decisions including the approval of the Gender Action Plan or the launch of a Platform for Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples.

Patricia Espinosa praised the Fijian Presidency of the conference: “We were very lucky to have for the first time in the history of this process Fiji, a small island developing state, presiding over the conference, a country which is particularly vulnerable to climate change. This underlined that when undertaking the different aspects of the negotiations and the Global Climate Action agenda, we need to bear in mind those communities and people whom we need to serve.”

You can watch the full SD Talk here.

The event was moderated by Nick Nuttall, UN Climate Change and COP23 Spokesperson and Simona Costanzo-Sow from the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development.

This SD Talk is the last episode of a Special Series on Climate Action organised by the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development in partnership with UN Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Watch all the SD Talks on Climate Action on this webpage.