Events and Highlights

Saturday, 4 November 2017

10:03 a.m. | Berlin Main Station
"Train to Bonn" with Barbara Hendricks. A special train to Bonn will depart from Berlin Main Station at the start of COP 23. A large number of the members of the German delegation will travel with a chartered Deutsche Bahn train from Berlin to the conference in Bonn. Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth and Parliamentary State Secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter will be on the train as well. More information

Monday, 6 November 2017

8:30 a.m. | Bonn Zone

Opening of the German Pavilion. The German Pavilion will be the venue for many different events while the conference. The events will highlight the diversity of German activities in climate policy. It is the welcome place of the German delegation and will provide space for discussion and talks.

10:00 a.m. | Bula Zone
Beginning of official negotiations. The official part of the World Climate Change Conference begins with the opening plenum. Representatives of national delegations negotiate e.g. the implementation rules for the Paris Agreement.

2:00 p.m. | Bonn Zone
Opening of Talanoa Space. Talanoa is a Fijian tradition of decision-making. The term refers to an open exchange and dialogue. The Talanoa Space is provided by Fiji and Germany to the public. More than 50 events are planned within the conference.

7:00 p.m. | Bonn Zone
Welcome evening. All COP participants are welcomed on the evening of the first day of the conference in the Bonn Zone.

Tuesday 7 November 2017

2:30 p.m. | German Pavilion

"The Global Platform for the New York Declaration on Forests and the Bonn Challenge: From Commitments to Action" with State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth
In order to support and accelerate achievement of all the global forest goals embedded in the New York Declaration on Forests, including that on forest landscape restoration advanced through the Bonn Challenge, a Global Platform for the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF Platform) will be launched at this event with support from the German government. This event will provide an overview on the NYDF Platform’s role as a catalyst to achieve the goals stated in the Declaration by assisting NYDF endorsers to accelerate implementation of their commitments. This event will lend particular emphasis to progress being made under the Bonn Challenge in forest landscape restoration, advancing the achievement of Goal 5, which to date has seen over 40 governments, companies and private associations pledge to restore over 156 million hectares of degraded land until 2020.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Bonn Zone

Key results of the German G20 Presidency and the way forward to Argentina in 2018

Despite a difficult political environment the German G20 Presidency in 2017 was able to add new momentum and to revive multilateralism, including to further implementation of the Paris Agreement with the adoption of the G20 Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth. The G20 summit in Hamburg sends out clear signals for the necessary economic transformation in the areas of climate and energy. The panel will consist of Lars-Hendrik Röller, Economic Adviser to Chancellor Merkel and G7/G20 Sherpa who will be looking back on the key results of the German G20 Presidency in his key note. Pedro Villagra Delgado, Argentinian G7/G20 Sherpa will follow with an overview of the thematic issues of the Argentinian G20 Presidency. Gabriela Ramos will highlight how G20 countries can create conditions for sustainable growth, improving livelihoods and tackling climate change. Christoph Bals, Policy Director of Germanwatch will also be on the podium.

Guiding questions for this event: What are the key deliverables from the G20 summit in Hamburg – what is its impact on multilateralism? What role does the G20 have in its implementation and how can we ensure progress? How can the G20 organise a just and efficient transformation of our economies in line with the Paris Agreement? How can we enhance mobilizing private finance?

Thursday, 9 November 2017

9:00 a.m. | Deutscher Pavillon
Pressebriefing mit Staatssekretär Jochen Flasbarth. Neben aktuellen Fragen geht es um eine Bilanz der sogenannten "Bonn Challenge" zum Wiederaufbau von Wäldern. Dazu steht Stewart Maginnis von der internationalen Naturschutzunion IUCN für Fragen zur Verfügung.

12:00 a.m. | Deutscher Pavillon
Towards a 2°-economy – enabling businesses to act as pioneers of climate protection 
mit Staatssekretär Jochen Flasbarth

An erfolgreichem Klimaschutz sind viele Akteure beteiligt. Bei diesem Side Event der 2°-Stiftung und des WWF stellen Vertreter von Unternehmen ihren Beitrag zur Dekarbonisierung vor und diskutieren die Rolle der Wirtschaft im Klimaschutz.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Talanoa Space
Women at the forefront of climate change
The session will focus on women on the frontlines of climate change, a) specifically in the Pacific in relation to climate-related resettlement and b) in the context of a new photo exhibition which CARE will launch during the COP on "Climate Heroines". 

Friday, 10 November 2017

2:30 p.m. | German Pavilion
BMUB side event with State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth "Sustainable Chemistry - a key to climate solutions"
Together with the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Center ISC3, which was recently opened in Bonn, the question is discussed how innovative climate protection solutions from the chemical sector find their way onto the market and can be distributed faster and more widely.

8:00 p.m. | German Pavillon
Save The Date: Al Gore at German Pavilion - screening of „An Inconvenient Sequel - Truth to Power“
On November 10th the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) is pleased to welcome former US Vice President Al Gore to the German pavilion at COP23. A discussion with Al Gore and German Environmental State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth on international climate action and current topics of COP23 will be followed by a screening of the film "An Inconvenient Sequel - Truth to Power". The film not only raises awareness for the consequences of climate change but also presents impressive examples of people and projects working to protect our climate.

Procedure: 8:00 p.m. – discussion with Al Gore and Jochen Flasbarth; 8.30 p.m. – screening. The movie is shown in English. The discussion is facilitated by Michael Schroeren, communications director of BMUB.

Saturday 11 November 2017

10:00 a.m. | Bonn Zone

Ocean Action Day, Opening Plenary with State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Talanoa Space
"Moving Beyond Coal After Paris: Can the US and the EU Retire Their Coal Plants in Time to Deliver on Paris Targets?" with State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth and Michael Bloomberg

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Bonn Zone
Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders. Sunday is marked by sub-national climate activities.

1:00 p.m. | Bonn Zone 
Presidency Event. The first of a total of five events of the Fijian Presidency will take place. It starts with the topic of climate change and health.

6:00 p.m. | Foyer Deutsche Telekom AG
Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks passes the CARE Millennium Aword to Christiana Figueres

Monday, 13 November 2017

Bonn Zone
Global Climate Action Agenda. Beginning of the ministerial segment of this forum, which lasts until Wednesday. The opening will be followed by an event on financing as well as high-level talks on the combination of climate protection and sustainable urban development.

09:15 - 11:15 a.m. | Talanoa Space
Sustainable Investment, Private Capital and Climate Finance

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. | German Pavilion
Advancing Climate Action on the Local Level – Best practices from China and Germany
(The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB); Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), ICLEI)
> Speaker: Key Note 1: Barbara Hendricks, Minister, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB); Key Note 2 : Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative on Climate Change Affairs, National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NDRC); Moderator: ZHU Shu, Director, ICLEI East Asia Secretariat; Panelists: He Xiangjian, Deputy Director, Xuzhou Municipal Development and Reform Commission; Gao Xiang, Deputy Head of Secretariat, Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities; Felicitas Kubala, Environmental Mayor of Mannheim; Simone Raskob, Environmental Mayor of Essen; Eckart Würzner, Mayor of Heidelberg; Yin Jianqing, Deputy Director-General, Development and Reform Commission of Jiangsu Province

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Talanoa Space
Tackling climate finance- perspectives from GER, DK, NOR, FIN
Fair and objective practices for climate finance accounting will resolve the discussion between donor countries claiming they have provided and recipient countries claiming they have not received

 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | German Pavilion
Between hope, frustration and adaptation. Climate Change and next generations.
(The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB))
> Dr. Barbara Hendricks (Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety), Dr. Hilda Heine (President of the Marshall Islands), Mary Awad (Lebanese Delegation), Bonn High School Students Niusha Khalafi and Finn Rübo, Facilitator: Nadine Kreutzer
This Side Event is not only about generational frustration on how climate action is proceeding. It is also about the different perspectives in Small Island States, the Middle East or in Germany as well as an important oportunity to discuss new pathways and tools to reach out to the many out there who feel not being heard. As a bonus: We will screen a short documentary about the climate talks from this week.

6:00 p.m. | Bonn Zone
Presidency Event on long-term strategies. The second event of the Fiji Presidency will be on the theme of long-term strategies. The Federal Government (BMUB) will highly be represented. Germany has been one of the first countries to come up with such a long-term strategy with the 2050 Climate Action Plan.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Bonn Zone
"Global Climate Action Agenda". High-level events continue to be held under the Global Climate Action Agenda. This includes topics like innovation and resilience. There are also high-level talks on the connection between climate protection and the fight against hunger. Another topic is climate protection and gender justice.

9:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. | BMUB, Bonn
Workshop Fostering renewable energy in UNECE countries’ electricity sectors.
(German Energy Agency (dena) in close cooperation with the UNECE Group of Experts on Renewable Energy (GERE))

10:00 to 11:00 a.m. | Amphitheater in German Pavilion
"Small Island States and Climate Action".  With Dr. Karsten Sach, Head of Climate Protection at BMUB, and Anote Tong, former President of the Pacific Island State of Kiribati.
These questions will be discussed: What  is possible to protect small island states from the consequences of climate change? What can Germany contribute to this? How are the negotiations at the world climate summit COP 23 on this topic?

12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | German Pavilion
Under2Coalition – taking full advantage of mitigation opportunities by improving measurement and disclosure 
(Baden Wuerttemberg, California, The Climate Group, The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB))
> Helen Clarkson (The Climate Group), Edmund G. Brown (Governor of California), Winfried Kretschmann (Minister President of Baden-Wuerttemberg, tbc), Tanja Gönner (GIZ)

1:00 p.m. | Bonn Zone
Presidency Event on Climate insurances. With this Presidency Event, the Presidency emphasizes resilience and insurance against climate harms. The Federal Government (BMZ) will be highly represented.

3:00 to 4:30 p.m. | Bonn Zone, Room 7
Initiating a just transition to a low-carbon climate resilient future: Implications for our societies, economies, infrastructure and policy choices
This event brings together a high-level panel to discuss how climate action can support economic growth, while ensuring a socially inclusive "just transition". It will explore the climate and energy related implications of the German G20 presidency for national policies and infrastructure choices in the context of NDCs and long-term strategies. It will also highlight key results of the major OECD report "Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth".
> Speakers: Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany; Sergio Bergman, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina; Masaharu Nakagawa, Minister of the Environment, Japan (invited); Masamichi Kono, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD; Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
> Facilitation by: Adnan Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

11:30 – 12:30 a.m. | Talanop Space

Energiewende: A transition beyond Energy

3:00 p.m. | Bula Zone
Beginning of the ministerial level. The so-called high-level segment of the negotiations is opened. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will speak for Germany as the technical host.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

10:00 a.m. | Bula Zone
Final sessions. According to plan, the closing sessions for the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP), the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) and the Paris Agreement (CMA) will begin. Depending on the status of negotiations, they can be continued into the evening.

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. | German Pavilion
Perspectives for the Global Energy Transition: Investment Needs for Achieving the Well Below 2 Degrees Target
(Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi))
>Rainer Baake, BMWi; Dr. Fatih Birol, IEA; Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA; Wang Zhongying, CNREC; Miriam Maes, Energy Transition Forum 

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Talanoa Space
Low Carbon Cities in Action: Delivering on the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. | German Pavilion
The role of foundations in international climate action
(German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), Stiftung Mercator)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Talanoa Space
Schools for earth: Youth World Café for Climate Action Empowerment with Barbara Hendricks
(Greenpeace, Klima-Allianz Deutschland)

Friday, 17 November 2017

10:00 a.m. | Bula Zone
"Climate Diplomacy: How to prevent climate security risks".

11:30 – 12:30 a.m. | Talanoa Space
#speakup: Climate Action needs Media Freedom
Interactive discussion on the importance of freedom of expression, access to information and free media for climate action.

12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | German Pavilion
Climate change and the long-term perspective – 2050 climate strategies
(The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB))
> Karsten Sach, General director in the Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) of Germany; Andrea Meza, Director in the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica (MINAE), Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo, Underministry of Planning at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (SEMARNAT); Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation; Imke Luebbeke, Head of Unit EU Climate and Energy Policy, WWF Europe