A succession of severe weather events make COP 23 seem relevant to every living soul on the planet. The present White House incumbent may be sticking his head stubbornly in the sand, but the representatives of the other nations have spent the last year re-affirming their commitment to both their promises and the spirit of the Paris Agreement. Now comes the time for countries to step up and deliver on this recommitment. The next two weeks will serve as a pivot to ambition, setting the tone for pre-2020 and beyond.
There is plenty to look forward to in our COP kick-off newsletter: Jennifer Tollmann gives you a whistle-stop tour of the policy issues at COP 23. Then, for all of you suffering from Trump-fatigue, I recommend five stories to look out for that aren’t about that man in the White House. Meanwhile, Matthew Webb and Chris Littlecott offer a deep-dive into COP 23’s secret hot topic – coal. Finally, E3G’s Director of Climate Diplomacy, Claire Healy, gives her take on how to deal with a US delegation no longer allowed to play ball.
Lastly, to keep up with all things COP over the next two weeks, be sure to follow E3G's twitter feed @e3g, as well as my own, @camillaborn, which has just been nominated as one of the Top 50 Women in Climate to follow.
Thanks for reading,
Camilla Born, Senior Policy Advisor