COP23: Focus on climate action and SDGs

Event Type
Side events and conferences

Bonn, 04.11.2017 until 17.11.2017


German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) und Partner

The international Climate Change Conference 2017, under the presidency of Fiji, was held in Bonn from 6 to 17 November 2017. This year’s delegations at the Climate Change Conference (23rd Conference of the Parties) needed to prove their commitment to the climate-related obligations passed in Paris 2015 and Marrakesh 2016. This time, it was all about the implementation of the Paris and process in establishing the Paris rulebook has been made.

However, the focus was not only on climate change. “Especially regarding the presidency of Fiji, a small island state highly affected by climate-change, awareness needs to be raised on the positive connections between climate action and sustainable development,” Dirk Messner, director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), states. “The Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can only be achieved together as they determine each other.”

Therefore, the DIE explored the connections between SDGs and the Paris Agreement in multiple events in advance and during COP23 and fostered the dialogue between representatives from science, economy, society and politics from the global south and north

Fostering diverse dialogue by DIE

On the weekend before the negotiations started, DIE and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) welcomed high-level guests from the international, national and local politics, economy and civil society as well as from science, media and the arts to the international conference „Climate Action and Human Wellbeing at a Crossroads: Historical Transformation or Backlash?”.  (Conference 4 -5.11.2017, further information:

Furthermore, DIE created with the „Interconnections Zone“ a transdisciplinary room for dialogue, discussion and mutual exchange. With a thematic focus on the synergies between the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, more than 40 events were organised together with more than 100 partner organisations. (Interconnections Zone 6 - 17.11.2017)

Within the BMZ-financed “Klimalog” project, DIE participated and organised several events in and around the Bonn Zone:

  • 6 November 2017
    Side Event “Catalysing Climate Action, Realizing the SDGs: Science, Interconnections & Implementation”
    organised by DIE and DFG, ACTS, IAI
    Location: Bonn Zone
    Download Agenda

  • 8 November 2017
    German Science Hour „Communicating Climate Science”
    Location: German Pavilion, Bonn Zone
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  • 10 November 2017
    Side Event “The 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement: towards a new and coherent development paradigm at national and international level”
    organised by DIE, BMZ, GIZ, SEI und WRI
    Location: German Pavilion, Bonn Zone
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  • 11-12 November 2017
    Conference Development & Climate Days
    DIE as a co-host partner jointly with IIED, RCCC and many more
    Location: Kameha Grand Hotel, Bonn
    Find further information here:

  • 12 November 2017
    Event series
    Towards a Low Carbon, Green Energy Future
    DIE as partner of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, UN Volunteers, IRENA, UNCCD, EnergieAgentur.NRW, ICLEI, EUROSOLAR, UNEP Climate Action, WWEA, Germanwatch, endev, MicroEnergy International
    Location: Hotel Koenigshof, Adenauerallee 9, Bonn

  • 13 November 2017
    Side Event “The role of decision support tools for public-private climate risk insurance solutions”

    organised by DIE, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII), Oasis LMF, PIK, H2020 Insurance Team
    Location: EU-Pavilion, Bonn Zone
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  • 13 November 2017
    Low-Emissions Solutions”
    together with WBCSD, SDSN, ICLEI
    Location: GOP Theatre, Karl-Carstens-Straße 1, Bonn

  • 13-17 November 2017
    School programme with Engagement Global
    Location: Climate Planet, Bonn Zone

  • 15 November 2017
    JRF vor Ort: Potentials of Renewable Energies for Sustainable Development
    Location: Interconnections Zone
    More information:

  • 16 November 2017
    Side Event “Clean Energy Transition for Sustainable Development”
    organised by IEA and DIE
    Location: Interconnections Zone
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  • 17 November 2017
    Side-Event “Human migration in an era of climate change”
    organised by DIE, Bread for the World and ICSC (Philippines)
    Location: German Pavilion, Bonn Zone
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  • 17 November 2017
    Side Event “SDGs – NDC Connections - Interconnections between climate change, Agenda 2030 and national development priorities - Future directions for the SIDS”
    Location: Nordic Pavilion, Bonn Zone
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  • 17 November 2017
    The People’s Agenda:  A Human Rights Based Approach to Climate Action

    organised by CIVICUS, Action for Sustainable Development, PIANGO
    Location: Fiji Pavilion, Bonn Zone, COP23


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Event information

04.11.2017 until 17.11.2017

Storify: COP23


COP23: Not great, but good enough
Bauer, Steffen (2017)
The Current Column of 23 November 2017

Videos: DIE during COP23

Flickr Album Bonn Zone

DIE at Bonn Zone/COP23: Impressions

Review Interconnections Zone

Interconnections Zone during COP23
Bonn 6-17 November 2017

Klimalog Projekt Video