Carole Dieschbourg, environment minister, said that "the rules of the game will be set" at the COP23 in Bonn.
Pictured: Carole Dieschbourg (centre) at the high level forum on sustainable development in New York on 17-18 July 2017
Dieschbourg optimistic ahead of Bonn COP23 conference
Ahead of the Bonn conference on COP23, Luxembourg’s minister for the environment, Carole Dieschbourg, said that everyone was ready to set up the rules of the game to implement the stated goal to reduce global warming by 2%.
The aim is to stop global warming. The Paris agreement at COP21 in 2015 was the first global deal to tackle climate change, even though there are no legal obligations on the signatories. For the first time, the conference will be headed by a small island nation, Fiji. Small islands are often most at risk from global warming, sea-level rise and extreme storms.
In an interview with German radio WDR5 on Monday 6 November, Dieschbourg, who contributed to the drafting of the agreement as coordinator of the EU position, said that everyone was aware that the current efforts would not be enough. She added that the Paris agreement had a review mechanism by which the stated ambitions could be increased every 5 years.
The environment minister explained:
“In Bonn, we will try to set the rules of the game, where detailed work will be done. We should not approach these negotiations dejectedly, but with an upbeat attitude to work on results which will be finalised in Katowicz next year.”
Dieschbourg argued that the recent big wave of ratification and signatures of the Paris agreement meant that “most understood that something needs to happen,” and that “there has not yet been a domino effect.”
She found that individuals and companies understood they had to get involved in climate change, and that there was a win-win situation, as it also made economic sense.
She also appealed to citizens, as “small steps will bring big changes.”