From 6th to 17th November, the member states of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meet for the next round of negotiations in Bonn (COP23). The Republic of Fiji holds the presidency with support of the German government hosting the conference.
FES will be there as well. We are organizing different events on climate and energy policy with various partners and seek to ensure that the voices of the Global South are being heard. This year, we are focusing on how to shape a just energy transition that leaves no one behind. And of course, we will update you on what is happening during the negotiation process.
We follow the negotiations on the spot, provide you with background information and let you know about the outcomes. To strengthen climate journalism around the globe, the FES Media Fellowship COP23 this year cooperates with Climate Tracker and supports two young journalists, Alanah Torralba from the Philippines and Alo Lemou from Togo, who participate in this program. They will receive a climate media training, report from COP23 and take part in FES events as well.
Together with our partners, we are organizing a number of events in Bonn - from official side events to workshops and simulations. Our focus in 2017: Just Transition.
We are supporting young activists’ involvement with COP23. To this end, FES organizes a two-day youth event including a simulation game, an expert talk and the development of a Youth Agenda. Selected members of the international delegation of FES from Morocco, Jordan, Kenya and Vietnam will also participate and discuss the young people’s suggestions for a just climate policy on November 13th.
In order to provide capacity building and necessary information on COP23, FES organizes a simulation of the negotiations at the beginning of the conference and two informal meetings during the conference for our international partners from November 6th to 7th.
Further FES events at this year’s climate negotiations will be all about Just Transition. We will start with a “Study Tour on Just Transition” from November 1st to November 3rd to visit actual sites of industrial transformation in the Rhein/Ruhr Area together with a delegation of 14 international guests. With them and external experts from civil society and trade unions as well as politicians working on energy transformation, we will discuss challenges, chances and social implications of transformation processes.
To examine the possibility of a fair, just and socially inclusive global energy transformation, FES and Bread for the World organize a workshop on “Just Transition” with civil society activists at the People’s Climate Summit, the alternative climate conference on November 7th . At this event, results of the joint study “Guiding Principles & Lessons Learnt For a Just Energy Transition in the Global South” will be presented .
On November 9th, FES will start the day by supporting a DGB-ITUC trade union event on the links between corporate co-determination and climate policy.
In the evening, our own side event on ensuring a just energy transition will take place at the German Pavilion @ COP23 with speakers from the Global South and in cooperation with Bread for the World.
On November 15th we will have the pleasure to host an official UN-side event together with Coastal Development Partnership (CDPBD), International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE), Misereor and Public Advocacy Initiatives for Rights and Values in India (PAIRVI Associates). The event will focus on “Just Transition” and bring together civil society representatives and trade union representatives from the region.