UN Climate Change Conference 2017

6–17 November 2017, Bonn, Germany

The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) takes place in Bonn, Germany, on 6–17 November 2017.

The Paris Agreement, adopted on 12 December 2015, marked the beginning of a new era in the global response to climate change. The “right to health” acknowledged in the Paris Agreement is central to many of the actions that countries will take on climate change in the years to come.

The COP is the supreme decision-making body of the UNFCCC. All Member States that are parties to the UNFCCC are represented at the COP. During COP23, they will review the implementation of the UNFCCC and any other legal instruments that the COP adopts, and take decisions necessary to promote effective UNFCCC implementation.

WHO’s role during COP23 is to promote health as an argument for ambitious action on climate change, to strengthen capabilities among parties to the UNFCCC related to climate change adaptation for health, and to advocate for healthy mitigation.

High-level Presidency Event: Health Actions for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement

This High-Level Presidency Event will take place on 12 November 2017. It is one of several cross-sectoral events at COP23 that will feature health as an argument for action.

The Event, organized by WHO in close collaboration with the COP Presidency, relevant governments and the UNFCCC Secretariat, will showcase the ongoing initiatives of Member States and the wider health community to implement the health commitments of the Paris Agreement. It will focus in particular on vulnerable groups.

The Event will also assess the current state of progress and identify ongoing barriers to taking stronger action to protect and promote health while addressing climate change. Participants will include the WHO Director-General, senior government negotiators and policy-makers, members of the health and development sectors, technical experts and academics.

Global Climate and Health Summit

WHO/Europe will also co-host the 5th Global Climate and Health Summit, which will run in parallel to COP23 on 11 November 2017. The Summit will combine plenary presentations with high-level political representation to engage, influence and encourage commitment to action. It will also feature an action-oriented segment, which will act as an exercise to share best practices related to health sector measures, activities and resources; encourage intellectual exchange; and galvanize implementation.