IEMA attends Bonn climate talks
28 November 2017
As world leaders, policymakers, regulators, standards bodies and professions from over 200 nations assembled in Bonn, Germany, for the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference, IEMA joined the action.
The 23rd United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties, also known as COP23, took place between 6-18 November. IEMA’s chief policy advisor, Martin Baxter, and policy lead Nick Blyth attended as delegates, speaking at key side events focusing on the role of international standards.
They reported live from Bonn, tweeting their observations and updates using the #IEMANoCOPOut hashtag.
A key aim of the Bonn talks was to agree a ‘rulebook’ for the landmark Paris Accord, and IEMA called for international standards to be taken into consideration to ensure the accord is operationally, not just strategically and politically, successful.
Ahead of his speech at a side event on 9 November entitled ‘Adapting to Climate Change – Developments in International and European Standards and Accreditation’, Nick Blyth said it is critical that COP23 delivers outcomes – but not just at the state level: “Climate change is urgent and our response needs to extend across society. Governments, businesses, professions, NGOs and standards bodies must collaborate and find the pathways for change. COP23 offers a critical opportunity for this endeavour.”
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