The UN’s climate change talks, known as Cop 23, have ended in Bonn. But what was actually accomplished?
For the organisers, it was a job well done. They congratulated themselves that the rulebook for the Paris climate agreement was finally coming together.
Frank Bainimarama, COP23 President said:“We should all be very pleased that COP23 has been a success. We have done the job we were given to do, which was to advance the implementation guidelines of the Paris agreement, and prepare for more ambitious action through the Talanoa dialogue of 2018.”
But, while singers from Fiji, the host of this year’s talks, serenaded delegates, vulnerable and island nations criticised the lack of progress made on compensation for countries threatened by climate change.
Fossil fuels and the big issue of cutting carbon emissions also appear to have been left unresolved until next year’s talks.