The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, is leading the South African delegation to the 23rd United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (CoP23), held in Bonn, Germany.

COP23 started its meeting in Bonn on 6 November under the Presidency of Fiji, with the High-Level Segment scheduled for 15 to 17 November 2017.

The CoP23 is expected to advance work on the implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement. This guideline has to be concluded in time to enable COP 24 to take key decisions that will enable timeous commencement of post-2020 actions to be implemented.

The CoP23 is also expected to discuss among others, loss and damage due to climate change, finance, technology and capacity-building for developing countries.

¡§In determining the climate action during the pre-2020 period, COP23 is crucial in determining what is required of all parties to continue the good work that we have been doing to ensure that clear elements of action are agreed to that can be converted into text early in 2018,¡¨ said Dr Molewa.

¡§South Africa is hopeful that the Bonn Climate Change Conference will not only take stock of what is required to implement the Paris Agreement, but that it will provide assurances that the political balance of the Paris Agreement is upheld. We are hopeful that all issues of importance to developing countries, such as adaptation and means of implementation, will be addressed in the rule-book to be adopted before 2020,¡¨ the Minister said.