COP23 Preparatory Meeting Ends on a High Note

The informal meeting of the Heads of Delegations to prepare for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP23), came to a conclusion in Rabat, Morocco, on Friday, 8 September. The two-day meeting, organised by the government of Morocco and co-chaired by Fiji, the incoming COP23 Presidency, ended on a high note with active and constructive engagement by all Parties.

Participants discussed their expectations for COP23 and thoughts on how to make COP23 a success. They also exchanged thoughts on the design of the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue, guided by three central questions: 1) Where are we? 2) Where do we want to go? 3) How do we get there?

The Parties had productive discussions on the implementation of the Paris Agreement and action that needs to happen prior to 2020. The incoming COP23 Fijian Presidency provided an update on the preparations for the Pre-COP meeting that will be held on 17 – 18 October in Nadi, Fiji. The Fijian Chief Negotiator, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, highlighted that the Pre-COP meeting will focus on key issues surrounding the full implementation of the Paris Agreement, while increasing ambition, action and investment.

All participants expressed their support and willingness to cooperate with the Moroccan Presidency and the incoming COP23 Fijian Presidency, to make COP23 a success.