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Fiji / Bonn Climate Change Conference 2017

6-17 November 2017 | Bonn, Germany

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Children carry a banner during the opening ceremony, calling on delegates to 'save the world'

The Fiji / Bonn Climate Change Conference opened in Bonn, Germany. In the morning, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Fiji, was elected COP 23 President by acclamation. He then presided over a traditional Fijian ceremony, the Qaloqalovi, which included the presentation of a Tabua, the tooth of a sperm whale. During the opening ceremony, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa called on parties to act with urgency, saying “right here, right now is where we begin.”

The opening plenaries of the Conference of the Parties (COP), Conference of the Parties Serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) and Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA) met during the morning and early afternoon.

In the afternoon, the opening plenaries of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) met in parallel and, later, in a joint plenary. Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) roundtables met on compliance and on further guidance relating to the mitigation section of Decision 1/CP.21 (the Paris outcome) in the afternoon. SBSTA and SBI contact groups and informal consultations also met in the afternoon.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa (centre) at the start of the meeting


Opening Ceremony


Delegates gather for the opening of COP 23/CMP/CMA


Salaheddine Mezouar, COP 22/CMP 12 President

Salaheddine Mezouar, COP 22/CMP 12/CMA 1 President, hands the gavel to Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Fiji, and COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1-2 President


Delegates are welcomed to the meeting with a musical performace





Frank Bainimarama, COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1-2 President

Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa


Hoesung Lee, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chair

Barbara Hendricks, Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn, Germany


Jan Szysko, Minister of Environment, Poland, and incoming COP 24/CMP 14/CMA 1-3 President; Frank Bainimarama 
COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1-2 President; and Salaheddine Mezouar, COP 22/CMP 12/CMA 1 President


Representatives from Fiji perform a traditional ceremony, known as the Qaloqalovi, to open the meeting



Barbara Hendricks, Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany,
and Sai Navoti, Fiji, drink kava - a traditional Fijian drink used in welcoming ceremonies



COP, CMP and CMA Opening Plenaries


View of the dais during the opening plenaries


Ravi Prasad, India

Frank Bainimarama, COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1-2 President


Majid Shafie-Pour, Iran, speaking on behalf of Like-minded Developing Countries (LMDCs)

Franz Perrez, Switzerland, speaking on behalf of the Environmental Integrity Group (EIG)

Chen Zhihua, China



Walter Schuldt Espinel, Ecuador, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China

Ian Fry, Tuvalu

Meelis Münt, EU


Halldor Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Secretariat

Marcela Main Sancha, Secretary to the COP/CMP, UNFCCC


Patrick Suckling, Australia, on behalf of the Umbrella Group

Gemedo Dalle, Ethiopia, speaking on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

Abdullahi Majeed, Maldives, speaking on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)


Delegates during plenary


SBSTA Opening Plenary


View of the dais during the SBSTA opening plenary


SBSTA Chair Carlos Fuller, Belize

Elena Manaenkova, WMO


Thinley Namgyel, Vice Chair of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) Advisory Board

Michael Rantil, Technology Executive Committee (TEC) Chair

Abdalah Mokssit, IPCC



SBI Opening Plenary


View of the dais during the SBI opening plenary


SBI Chair Tomasz Chruszczow, Poland

Ovais Sarmad, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary


Felipe Ferreira, Brazil

Philip Weech, the Bahamas

Chizuru Aoki, the Global Environment Facility (GEF)



SBI/SBSTA Joint Plenary


View of the dais during the SBI/SBSTA joint plenary


SBI Chair Tomasz Chruszczow, Poland, and SBSTA Chair Carlos Fuller, Belize

Hussein Alfa Nafo, Mali, speaking on behalf of the African Group


Jean Diur Muland, Democratic Republic of the Congo, speaking on behalf of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN)

Chan-Woo Kim, Republic of Korea, speaking on behalf of the Environmental Integrity Group (EIG)

Liliam Ballón Sánchez de Amézaga, Peru, speaking on behalf of the Independent Alliance of Latin America and the Carribean (AILAC)



Around the Venue



Barbara Hendricks, Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany, arrives in plenary

Hamza Tber, COP 22/CMP 12/CMA 1 Presidency, with Aziz Mekouar, Morocco, COP 22/CMP 12/CMA 1 Presidency


Nazhat Shameem Khan, COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1-2 Presidency, speaks with a delegate

Delegates from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Morocco, and the US



Delegates between sessions







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