Professor Eddy Moors, the Rector of IHE Delft, attended the 23rd UN Climate Change Conference held in Bonn. At this Climate Change Conference (COP23), nations of the world met to advance the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement and achieve progress on its implementation guidelines.
After Prof. Moors returned to the Institute, we asked him about his experiences at COP23. In the video on the right, he shares his impressions including how he experienced the engagement of the attendees, important issues that came out of the Conference, and how he thinks IHE Delft can play a role in responding to these issues.
The video can also be watched on our YouTube channel.
COP23 took place in Bonn, Germany, from 6-17 November with Fiji presiding, supported by the government of Germany. COP23 is the informal name for the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The UNFCCC was adopted in 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit, which marked the beginning of the international community’s first concerted effort to confront the problem of climate change. The UNFCCC entered into force in 1994, and nearly all of the world’s nations have now signed on. Each year the parties to the agreement convene to assess progress in implementing the convention and, more broadly, dealing with climate change.
At COP21, held in Paris in November-December 2015, the parties negotiated what is known as the Paris Agreement, which established specific actions and targets for reducing greenhouse gases emissions, mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change, and financing mitigation and adaptation efforts in developing countries. The Paris Agreement is especially significant because it is a legally binding agreement.
This information was adapted from the COP23 website, where you can find more information about the event.