COP23: Signing of the agreement for the Climate Conference in November

State Secretary Walter J. Lindner of the German Foreign Office and Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), presented the "Agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and the Convention from Paris on the United Nations Conference on Climate Change - November 2017 ".

On the occasion of the signing of the COP23 agreement, State Secretary Lindner said: "Climate change often leads to a shortage of water and food supplies, to conflicts over land and resources and thus leads to a rising number of refugees and migration pressure. Therefore, the climate conference in Bonn has a special and worldwide relevance." Executive Secretary Espinosa added: "Bonn is a UN location and is now turning into a real center for sustainability policy. In November, Germany will become the center of climate politics for the participants including heads of state, ministers, CEOs of large companies, representatives of civil society and young people."

The bilateral agreement between the Federal Foreign Office and UNFCCC forms the legal framework for the implementation of the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP23), held in Bonn from 6 to 17 November. This year, the island state of Fiji holds the presidency of the conference, while Germany serves as a "technical host" and supports the organization of COP23, which is expected to attract around 20,000 participants.

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