COP23 Bonn: annual UN conference on climate change

The 23rd Conference of the Parties, commonly known as COP, is an opportunity to showcase Canada’s ongoing leadership and actions, to date, in addressing climate change. Canada is looking to build on momentum with other countries and high-profile leaders to make progress on the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

COP23 takes place in Bonn, Germany, from November 6 to 17, 2017. The conference is convened under the Presidency of Fiji, with Canada providing $1.4 million in support of their leadership.

Together with our partners in the provinces and territories, Indigenous People, business leaders, Indigenous organizations, and environmental groups, we are taking ambitious actions to cut carbon pollution, and work to adapt to a more dangerous and volatile climate. Moving forward, Canada will need to take bold action to ensure we meet our 2030 emission reduction target, build a clean economy and create more opportunities for middle-class Canadians.

Visit this page often to follow the momentum as we tackle climate change. Additional information is also available on the UNFCCC COP23 website.

Canada’s priorities at COP23

Highlights from COP23



HON. CATHERINE MCKENNA (Minister of Environment and Climate Change): So it’s time to say goodbye to COP23 in Bonn; at the tracks right now, literally on our way home, to Frankfurt and then back to Canada.

So it was the big Powering Past Coal Alliance event. This was the brain child of the U.K. Minister Claire Perry and me a few months ago where we said we need to move past coal. Let’s start an alliance. We thought we’d have a few countries. We actually had 25 partners and actually Oregon and El Salvador joined the last minute, actually when we made the announcement. It was really great to show the momentum.

There was great talk about why it was so important that the market has moved on coal: renewables are much cheaper, but also the impact, a million people, almost a million people dying every year of health impacts. And Ontario made a great intervention, pointing out that they used to have, one year they had 50 smog days. The year they phased out coal, 2014, zero, zero impacts on kids, on elderly people. And clearly really important to reduce our emissions, so that we can move forward on the Paris Agreement.

Also really pleased to see where we’re getting at. I think we’re going to land the Indigenous People’s Platform. We worked really close with our indigenous leaders to get that done.

Also our gender action plan. So an action packed at COP.

Actually, really looking forward to getting home and seeing my kids and getting some sleep.


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