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Texas Impact Goes to COP23

By: 
Environmental Associate

Bee Moorhead and Imaad Khan of Texas Impact will be at the COP23 UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany during the first two weeks in November.  They’ll be bringing the conference to Texas Impact members through social media and daily web updates. 

Here’s some background information on the conference, to give context to their reports.        

In 1992 Government representatives and non-governmental organizations from around the world met at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to discuss changes in the worldwide climate system.  The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was adopted by this conference.  It’s the first international treaty to acknowledge the adverse effects of changes in the earth’s climate.  The treaty’s stated objective is "stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dengerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system."   

The UNFCCC treaty has been ratified by 197 countries, including the United States.  

A Conference of the Parties (COP) who ratified the treaty is held annually.  The 23rd COP will meet November 6-17 in Bonn, Germany, but the COP23 presidency resides with the country of Fiji.  They are the first Small Island Developing State to hold the COP presidency.  Fiji has a frontline perspective of the impacts of climate change.  The Fijian Prime Minister recently presented Fiji’s vision for COP23.    

Each COP has numerous side events with opportunities for non-governmental and faith organizations to participate.  Texas Impact has been participating since 2015.  You can prepare for COP23 by viewing Texas Impact's stories from last year’s COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco.