Save the Date for the second R20 AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT in Vienna
On May 15, Arnold Schwarzenegger co-hosting the second R20 AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT in Vienna together with the President of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen. Today they had a meeting in Vienna with the R20 Austria&EU Director Monika Langthaler and the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to talk about the details and to announce this joint initiative for climate action.
World leaders meet at One Planet Climate Summit in Paris
On 12 December, global heads of state, mayors, business leaders and major financial actors gathered in Paris on the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement. The One Planet Summit, convened by President Emmanuel Macron of France, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim featured a range of high profile announcements on climate finance from a variety of stakeholders, including governments, banks, businesses, and investors. The goal of the summit (two years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement) was to bring together local, regional and national leaders, as well as public and private organizations with a focus on finance to discuss how to together they could support and accelerate the ongoing global efforts in the fight against climate change. 12 commitments were made and the One Planet Coalition was created. It will ensure that the commitments are kept. Arnold Schwarzenegger was at the One Planet Summit in Paris to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement and he had an important message about the power of cities and regions to deliver on the Paris Agreement. “Do not worry about the United States dropping out of the Paris Agreement, because our states and cities is where the real action is and they are picking up the slack. In reality, the USA did not drop out of the Paris Agreement, Donald Trump dropped Donald Trump out of the Paris Agreement”.
UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, achieves progress on implementing the Paris Agreement
The COP 23 climate change conference, presided by Fiji, took place in Bonn, Germany, from 6 to 17 November 2017. The programme focussed on the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The participating countries continued to negotiate the details of how the agreement will work from 2020 onwards. Over the two weeks, a total of 22,000 participants attended, with more than 4,500 volunteers.
197 Parties drafted texts for the rulebook for the Paris Agreement on all issues to be finalised and adopted by the COP 24 in Katowice (Poland) in 2018. Bonn was also the first Climate Change Conference following the announcement by the Trump administration of US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Nevertheless the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn came to a successful end. The Parties achieved important progress on implementing the Paris Agreement. In parallel to the negotiations, the implementation agenda was also advanced: Countries, industry and civil society presented a broad spectrum of climate action solutions in hundreds of events. This was an important step on the road to the COP 24 in Katowice.