Fiji’s presidency of COP23, the first ‘Islands COP,’ offers an opportunity for SIDS and other most vulnerable countries to put their concerns and ambitions at the forefront of the negotiations and in the implementation process. This event will present the latest science on climate impacts on small islands and low-lying coasts to underscore the urgency of action, discuss the key ingredients for success of COP23 and opportunities to accelerate Paris Agreement implementation.
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other vulnerable countries are on the frontline of climate change although they have done very little to cause it. They have fought long and hard to ensure that the Paris Agreement helps us avoid the worst of climate change impacts. Fiji’s presidency of COP23, the first ‘Islands COP,’ offers an opportunity for SIDS and other most vulnerable countries to put their concerns and ambitions at the forefront of Paris Agreement implementation process. As governments work on the rules needed to fully implement this landmark treaty, it is crucial to ensure that these rules are robust, enhance the integrity of the Agreement and facilitate its implementation.
Given the current international political context, including the US position on the Paris Agreement and climate finance, accelerating the implementation of the Agreement to put the world onto the 1.5°C track is more urgent than ever.
While the adoption of the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit has not been without controversy, scientific developments and understanding since 2015 continue to reinforce the importance of this limit to reduce risk, damages and adaptation costs.
We will present the latest scientific findings relating to climate impacts, vulnerability ad risk relating to small islands and low-lying coastal regions. We will also outline the key elements that could make the ‘Islands COP’ a success.
Our experts will be joined by prominent panellists to discuss the significance of COP23 from the perspective of Small Island Developing States, and the upcoming opportunities to accelerate Paris Agreement implementation, including the climate summit in December in Paris.
The ‘Islands COP’ 2017: 1.5°C science, significance and ingredients for success – Leon Charles, Charles & Associates Inc., Grenada
1.5°C, climate impacts on small islands and low-lying coasts and minimising the risks of sea level rise – Dr Adelle Thomas, Senior Caribbean Research Associate, Climate Analytics/University of Bahamas, Dr Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, Head of Climate Science & Impacts, Climate Analytics Are CO2 emissions peaking? The most important steps to reduce emissions in the next decade – Bill Hare, CEO & Senior Scientist, Climate Analytics
COP23 priorities and expectations – Rueanna Haynes, Legal Advisor, Climate Analytics
Opportunities and challenges in accelerating Paris Agreement implementation – panel discussion
H. E. Janine Felson, Deputy Permanent Representative of Belize to the United Nations
H. E. Nazhat Shameem Khan, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations
H. E. Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations