COP23 Bonn | 6 to 17 November 2017

Not quite full steam ahead

Something is better than nothing – this is how the results of the COP23 in Bonn could be summarised. This year's Climate Summit, under the presidency of Fiji, was planned from the outset as a "technical" summit. At this stage, the most important thing is to transpose the Paris Agreement into a binding set of rules that is transparent and binding for all states.

Progress has been made in the formulation of the so-called rulebook to be adopted at the next COP in Poland. However, the process is lacking momentum. To date, the national climate strategies are not ambitious enough to limit global warming to 2°C, possibly 1.5°C, as agreed in Paris. On the contrary, the current targets result in a total warming of more than 3°C. Some countries are even watering down their climate goals.

The local level, be it the cities of Europe or indigenous communities of Amazonia, is playing an increasingly central role in advancing national climate strategies – an insight that is gaining ever more political recognition.

Key results and actors | Climate Alliance @COP23 | Photo gallery

Climate Alliance COP23 Ambassadors

This year Climate Alliance was proud to have a number of representatives speaking on behalf of the local level at the Climate Summit.

Impressions | In the press | Young voices interviews | Interview with Andreas Witt

Els Beeckx

Climate Policy Coordinator, Zoersel, Belgium


Kathrin Bieniek

Energy and Climate Protection Officer, Limburg an der Lahn, Germany


Hannes Lauer

Climate Protection Manager, Filderstadt, Germany

Impressions | Young voices interviews

Kerstin Lopes de Carvalho

Climate Alliance Ambassador to COP23


Dieter Prosik

Climate Protection Manager, Ettlingen, Germany


Verena Nijssen

Climate Protection Manager, Limburg-Weilburg District, Germany


Dorothee Rolfsmeyer

Climate Protection Manager, City of Offenbach, Germany


Andreas Witt

Climate Protection Manager, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany

Impressions | Interview (YouTube)

Andreas Wolter

Deputy Mayor of the City of Cologne, Germany


Birgit Farnsteiner

Climate Protection Coordinator, Norderstedt, Germany

Laura Gouverneur

Climate Protection Manager, Wiesbaden, Germany

Tine Heyse

Mayor for Environment, Climate, Energy and North-South, City of Ghent, Belgium

Eva Jähnigen

Mayor and Councillor for Environment and Municipal Economy, Dresden, Germany

Hans-Albrecht Wiehler

Climate Protection Manager, Lüchow-Dannenberg District, Germany