Lao PDR's innovative contribution to discussions on climate action at the climate conference COP23 in Bonn
Nature-based solutions and South-South cooperation
With a global agreement on climate action in 2015 in Paris, the Conference of the Parties (COP) made historic progress though the unprecedented Paris Agreement.
The 2017 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties COP23 in Bonn, Germany, under the Presidency of Fiji, is the next essential step to ensure the Paris Agreement's goals are achieved. A rising number of governments, cities, states, business, civil society and multilateral organizations are now together to share and discuss climate action to make a bigger, concerted impact.
The Government of Lao PDR will participate in COP23 with a delegation lead by H.E Mrs. Bounkham Vorachit, Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, who will introduce Lao PDR’s contribution to climate action and the Paris Agreement. This so called National Determined Contribution was prepared by Lao PDR in 2015 as part of their global obligation to the Paris Agreement. In September 2016, Lao PDR was the first ASEAN country to ratify the Paris Agreement by handing over the ratification instrument, Lao PDR’s national process to implement the Paris Agreement, to United Nations Secretary General.
At COP23, Lao PDR will contribute to discussions via innovative projects on climate action, supported by UNDP and including project funds from the Global Environment Facility. Small-scale Rural Infrastructure and Disaster Preparedness in a Changing Climate, which includes nature-based adaptation solutions like re-vitalized wetlands and forested areas and displays South-South partnership with Timor-leste.
The Prime Minister of Fiji and current COP23 president said, climate change “challenges us to understand that the only way forward for every nation to put itself first is to lock the arms with all other nations and go forward together.”
In a dedicated side event Lao PDR will share experiences of cooperation with Timor-Leste exchanging successes as well as lessons learned. Click on the registration box on the right to participate in Lao PDR's innovative COP23 side event on nature-based adaptation and South-South cooperation for climate action.
Lao PDR at the forefront with a study on Circular Economy
Circular economy strategies aim to promote the transformation of countries towards resource-efficient societies. This means that the society aims to reduce and in the long run eliminate waste. The goal is that once goods are used and their lifetime has expired, their waste is used as resources for new products or processes. In nature, every waste benefits another process or lifeform. Circular economy follows this example for economies and societies.
Lao PDR, a least developed country, is at the forefront of adopting concepts of circularity in its economy. A study, funded by International Climate Initiative (IKI) was undertaken, and the Government and UNDP are now considering how to put the lessons learned into action.
At COP23 this initiative will be presented in a side event raising the ambition of climate action through circular economy strategies.