Climate Change

2017 - Bonn

At UNFCCC COP23, IUCN highlighted the critical role of nature in providing practical solutions in tackling climate change and adapting to its impacts.



Presided by the Government of Fiji, the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place in Bonn, Germany from 6 to 17 November 2017. The Conference was expected to make progress on developing modalities, procedures and guidelines for the operationalisation of the Paris Agreement, which are to be finalised in 2018.

IUCN’s key messages

At UNFCCC COP23, IUCN highlighted the critical role of nature in providing practical solutions in tackling climate change and adapting to its impacts, and the need for the guidance being currently developed for the operationalisation of the Paris Agreement to further encourage and facilitate these efforts. See IUCN’s key messages for COP23.

Issues briefs

IUCN Issues Briefs provide an accessible overview of the often complex issues related to nature conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation. See IUCN’s issues briefs.

Also, this Forest Brief from IUCN that describes the mitigation and adaptation potential of forest landscape restoration, a valuable nature-based solution to addressing climate change. 

IUCN events

In addition to following the official negotiations, IUCN was strongly engaged in the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (GCA) to support the acceleration of global climate action and ambition on the ground. It actively participated in the thematic action tracks on forests, water, agriculture and oceans and coastal zones, in the high-level sessions on building greater resilience and in the climate action and SDG2 roundtables. 

IUCN and its members and commissions also hosted several events in the IUCN Pavilion in the Bonn Zone on a wide range of topics – ranging from forests, water, ecosystem-based adaptation, oceans, blue carbon, world heritage, indigenous peoples, law, gender, and business engagement – that showcase the different dimensions of the Union’s climate-related work. See the pavilion schedule

In addition, IUCN  engaged in a number of other events and activities at other venues in COP23, and elsewhere in Bonn.

Climate change publications

IUCN engages on climate change from multiple perspectives, from assessing the risks that climate change poses, to advancing practical and inclusive nature-based solutions centred on the better conservation, management and restoration of the world’s ecosystems.

Browse our catalogue of climate change publications


Socotra Archipelago, Yemen

Number of natural World Heritage sites affected by climate change nearly doubles in three years – IUCN


Bonn, Germany, 13 November, 2017 (IUCN) – The number of natural World Heritage sites threatened by climate change has grown from 35 to 62 in just three years, with climate change being the fastest growing threat they face, according to a report released 13 November 2017...

More IUCN news from COP 23.


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