EU seeks concrete steps forward for implementing Paris Agreement at UN climate talks

The European Union is eyeing important progress on practical implementation of the Paris Agreement at the UN climate change conference on 8-18 May 2017, in Bonn, Germany.

Among the EU’s objectives will be making significant progress on the rulebook for implementing the Paris commitments, such as establishing robust transparency and accountability rules and detailing the 5-year cycle aimed at helping countries make progressively more ambitious contributions.

The EU is looking forward to continue the multilateral assessment sessions, which allow countries to share experiences on implementation of their current commitments under the UN climate convention.

It will also be vital to lay solid foundations for the ‘facilitative dialogue’ to be held in 2018. This event will take stock of parties’ collective efforts towards the agreed emissions reductions goals and help the preparations for their national climate plans.

The conference will prepare the ground for the next annual UN climate change negotiations – the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) – taking place on 6-17 November 2017 in Bonn, under the Presidency of Fiji.

During this month’s conference, the European Commission will host a side event on 12 May with the Florence School of Regulation on ‘Delivering the EU contribution under the Paris Agreement – The implementation of the 2030 climate and energy framework’.

The event will focus on implementation of the 2030 framework, with a panel discussion on the EU’s Energy Union strategy, which aims to provide an integrated framework for lowering emissions in all sectors while ensuring access to secure, sustainable and affordable energy.