COP 23 – 2017 UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn
The United Nations Climate Change Conference scheduled for 6th – 17th November 2017 in North Rhine-Westphalia will actually consist of three conferences under one roof, each with its own line-up of participants:
Conference of the Parties (COP)
A gathering of delegates from all the states that have signed and ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This international conference of signatory countries (Conference of the Parties, COP) is meeting in Bonn for the twenty-third time, hence the acronym "COP 23“.
Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP)
Since 2005 the COP has been extended to include a meeting of the signatories and ratifiers of the Kyoto Protocol (Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, CMP).
Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA)
Since 2016 the COP and CMP have been supplemented by a gathering of the signatories of the Paris Agreement (Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement, CMA).
The full, abbreviated title of the Climate Change Conference is thus COP23/CMP13/CMA1.2.