Climate Change Conference in Marrakech

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) brought together over 22,500 participants, including nearly 15,800 government officials, 5,400 representatives of UN bodies and agencies, intergovernmental organizations and civil society organizations, over 70 heads of state/ government, and 1,200 members of the media. Negotiations in Marrakech focused on matters relating to the agreement’s “entry into force” and the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Member States adopted 35 decisions, which provide guidance on the completion of the work program under the Paris Agreement, and address long-term finance, technology development / sharing, gender issues, adaptation, education and public awareness, and how to help countries adapt to climate change.

Fiji offered to preside over the next climate change conference, (COP23) to be held in Bonn in 2017. As a very vulnerable nation, Fiji wants to place climate change at the top of the development agenda. They issued an invitation to Donald Trump saying “You came to save us during World War 2; it is time to save us now.”  Poland will host COP 24 in 2018.