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Bonn Climate Conference Another UN Non-Event

November 20, 2017
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By Paul Homewood



Well it was never going to be earth shattering, but after two weeks and 20,000 delegates what exactly was achieved at Bonn?

According to the UN Press Release, next to nothing!



UN Climate Change News, Bonn, 18 November 2017 – Nations agreed today to launch the next steps towards higher climate action ambition before 2020 at the close of the annual UN climate conference held in the German city of Bonn.

Backed by a wide range of positive announcements from governments, cities, states, regions, companies and civil society, delegates from over 190 countries agreed to a 12-month engagement focusing on ‘Where are we, where do we want to go and how do we get there?’

The ‘Talanoa Dialogue’, inspired by the Pacific concept of constructive discussion, debate and story-telling, will set the stage in Poland in 2018 for the revising upwards of national climate action plans needed to put the world on track to meet pre-2020 ambition and the long-term goals of the two-year old Paris Agreement.


The Paris Agreement’s central goal is keep the global average temperature rise below 2 Celsius and as close as possible to 1.5—the lower limit is deemed crucial for survival by many small islands and vulnerable countries.

Over one degree of this rise has already occurred since pre-industrial times. The current set of national climate action plans, known as NDCs, are still heading for a path towards 3 Celsius, possibly more.

Frank Bainimarama, President of the conference also known as ‘COP23’ and Prime Minister of Fiji, said: “I’m very pleased that COP23 has been such a success, especially given the challenge to the multilateral consensus for decisive climate action. We have done the job we were given to do, which is to advance the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement and prepare for more ambitious action in the Talanoa Dialogue of 2018.”

“There has been positive momentum all around us. And Fiji is especially gratified how the global community has embraced our concept of a Grand Coalition for greater ambition linking national governments with states and cities, civil society, the private sector and ordinary men and women around the world,” he said.

“We leave Bonn having notched up some notable achievements, including our Ocean Pathway, the historic agreement on agriculture and others on a Gender Action Plan and Indigenous People’s Platform. We have also secured more funding for climate adaptation and launched a global partnership to provide millions of climate-vulnerable people the world over with affordable access to insurance.”

“I want to warmly thank our hosts, the German Government and the UNFCCC, as well as the residents of Bonn. We brought our Fijian Bula Spirit to COP and it’s been wonderful how people responded. Vinaka vakalevu. Let’s all leave rededicating ourselves to more ambitious action on climate change by moving Further, Faster, Together in the year ahead,” said Mr. Bainimarama.

  • A report launched by the International Renewable Energy Agency during the conference has found that many countries now have higher renewable energy targets than are stated in their national climate action plans or NDCs – indicating that in some countries, at least in respect to green energy, higher ambition is already being locked in
  • A special scientific report, produced for the conference by Future Earth and the Earth League, says renewable energy expansion around the globe is doubling around every 5.5 years–consistent with the complete de-carbonization of the energy sector by mid-century

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Change secretariat which hosted the conference with support from the Government of Germany, said: “COP23 in Bonn came against a backdrop of severe and unprecedented natural calamities that hit homes, families and economies in Asia, the Caribbean and the Americas – these reminded us of the urgency of our collective task.”

“The conference has, with the adoption of the Talanoa Dialogue, delivered a launch-pad that can take us to that next stage of higher ambition. It has also advanced the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement so that by 2018 it can truly support sustained international cooperation and national efforts to realize a more secure, prosperous and better world for all,” she said.

“But Bonn 2017 did more than that – it underlined that support for the Paris Agreement is strong and that the journey upon which the world has embarked is an unstoppable movement supported by all sectors of society, across all parts of the globe.” said Ms Espinosa.

With so many climate action pledges and initiatives, a further strong message from all sides at COP23 was the growing need to coordinate efforts across policy, planning and investment to ensure that every cent invested and every minute of work contributed results in a much greater impact and boosts ambition under the national climate plans.


So, they have agreed to discuss, debate and tell stories for another year. No change there then.

As for the concrete issues of meeting Kyoto targets for 2020, speeding up decarbonisation, stepping up plans for post 2030, and funding the $100bn a year previously promised, there has been stony silence.


The best that Bonn seems to have managed is:


  • Less than $1bn promised for various projects, none of which seem to have anything to do with climate change or renewable energy.
  • A Gender Action Plan (because, apparently, women tend to be especially vulnerable to climate change  impacts).
  • Launch of Network of Pacific Island Journalists.
  • Launch of the Ocean Pathway Partnership, just another pointless UN process.
  • Local Communities and Indigenous People’s Platform.
  • Launch of New Small Island Developing State (SIDS) Health initiative.

They are so desperate to come up with self justification that they are forced to scrape the bottom of the barrel, by announcing:

A special scientific report, produced for the conference by Future Earth and the Earth League, says renewable energy expansion around the globe is doubling around every 5.5 years–consistent with the complete de-carbonization of the energy sector by mid-century.

 Using the same logic, suppose you are given one penny on the first day of the month, double the next day, and then double the previous day’s pennies for the rest of the month. By the end of the month, you would have $10,737,418.23.


Next year the whole climate caravan descends on Katowice, in the heart of Poland’s coal country. I doubt whether much will be achieved there either, certainly not if the Polish Government has anything to do with it.

  1. November 20, 2017 7:12 pm

    You cannot make this stuff up!!!!!!

  2. HotScot permalink
    November 20, 2017 7:20 pm

    How can so many supposedly intelligent people have the wool so comprehensibly pulled over their eyes simultaneously?

    And we note by it’s absence, not a word of the turmoil in German politics itself, in no small part, I believe, down to the insane energy policy overreaching in a desperate attempt to set an example for the rest of the world.

    It seems to be ripping Germany apart politically.

    I wonder how bothered they really are about Brexit now their own country’s in a worse political state than the UK, and they don’t even have Gerxit to worry about.

    • BLACK PEARL permalink
      November 20, 2017 8:02 pm

      Yes all those ” supposedly intelligent people” running about screaming like a troop of chimpanzees over a non problem.

      • A C Osborn permalink
        November 20, 2017 9:21 pm

        It is Wealth Distribution, but without the Us, it won’t be much wealth being distributed.
        Plus any emerging country that is stupid enough to go down the “renewables route” deserves all they get from the disatisfied people.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      November 21, 2017 4:47 pm

      “”Virtually no idea is too ridiculous to be accepted, even by very intelligent and educated people, if it provides a way for them to feel special and important.”

      Thomas Sowell

  3. November 20, 2017 7:25 pm

    I notice that there were no special thanks to the hard-working taxpayers who funded the 2-week long action-packed jamboree. The tens of millions of taxpayers’ £$s wasted on the jamboree are tens of millions of taxpayers’ £$s that could have been spent on something useful to humanity. I hope all the participants get their due deserts.

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      November 20, 2017 7:36 pm

      Yes, 140,000 man-days plus flights and luxury hotels. At least the Bonn hotels and restaurants would gain something. About £100 m of money that could have done something useful wasted! Accountability is a forgotten concept (in this area anyway),

      • John Palmer permalink
        November 20, 2017 8:12 pm

        Now, come, come, JB …. surely you meant ‘person days’ didn’t you.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        November 21, 2017 1:55 pm

        The diesel for the generators.

    • John Palmer permalink
      November 20, 2017 8:14 pm


  4. November 20, 2017 8:10 pm

    ‘I doubt whether much will be achieved there either, certainly not if the Polish Government has anything to do with it.’

    As the country’s leader is a coal miner’s daughter, extremely doubtful indeed.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      November 21, 2017 1:55 pm

      There is a wonderful irony of having the next one in Poland. Could they hold it in the coal fields and see how warm a reception they get from the locals?

  5. November 20, 2017 8:25 pm

    “two weeks and 20,000 delegates, (that’s 2,800,000 man days),
    140,000 man-days plus flights and luxury hotels,
    £100 m of money, tens of millions of taxpayers £$s”

    Lots of guesstimates there;
    Anyone done/doing the actual calcs on COP23

    What are the real numbers, how big is their precious carbon footprint,
    How many non-delegates (media, sex workers, rent a mobs…) shipped in.
    What are the transportation (fights, buses & stretched limos) costs ?

    I’m doing another presentation soon, there will be a lot of greens in the audience & they always start shouting about Paris & Kyoto; would be great to hit the hypocritical buggers with the real costs of the annual jamboree.

    Any ammo would be useful.

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      November 21, 2017 10:35 am

      Struggling with my mental arithmetic these days, apologies.
      14 nights x 20000 people = 280,000 person-days.
      Assuming £ 250 / man day = £140m:( likely much higher day-rates for such important people though).
      280,000 hotel nights at £100/night = £ 28m.
      20000 return flights, no doubt business class but assume £ 500 / flight= £ 10m.
      To say costs exceeded £ 200 m would not seem unrealistic.
      Value for money is harder to assess though!

  6. It doesn't add up... permalink
    November 20, 2017 8:39 pm

    I see they now have Simian Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Monkeys immune to their own deficiencies.

    • November 21, 2017 12:59 pm

      I did a double take when I first saw that one. Here it is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

  7. L. Douglas permalink
    November 20, 2017 9:06 pm

    I just had to sign in to congratulate the Gang on this:

    “The ‘Talanoa Dialogue’, inspired by the Pacific concept of constructive discussion, debate and story-telling, will set the stage in Poland in 2018…”


  8. Silver Dynamite permalink
    November 20, 2017 9:13 pm

    Why wasn’t there a Transgender Action Plan??? A disgrace I say.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      November 21, 2017 1:56 pm

      They need something to talk about next time.

      • HotScot permalink
        November 21, 2017 7:36 pm

        Gerry, England

        Don’t joke. Slightly off topic, but I heard a female black band member on Radio 4 last night objecting to amongst other things, white guys sporting dreadlocks because they misappropriated them as a fashion accessory and didn’t understand their historical context; and a male drag artist stereotyping black rap culture.

        In other words, black males aren’t allowed to wear pinstripe suits and bowler hats because they don’t understand the historical context, and at this point, highlighting that Christianity was introduced to Africa seems a futile observation. And don’t rap artists stereotype themselves?

        Laughably the journalist doing the article asked if anything was fair game for modern millennial snowflakes to take offence at. Judging by his article, the answer is yes.

  9. mikewaite permalink
    November 20, 2017 9:48 pm

    They went from the UK , they spent 2 weeks having a glorious time and handed over twice the amount this coming year as last year . .
    Meanwhile back in Blighty a relative , not that old, but a cancer patient , spent his weekend in pain (literally bl**dy pain) in hospital with no-one but a locum and some largely non English speaking nursing assistants . Because there is not enough money to staff hospitals at the weekends with properly qualified staff.
    Oh, but for fatuous , pointless jamborees and money for the likes of Mugabe and Erdogan we cannot give enough away .
    One day , please God, there will be a “great reckoning”.

  10. Rowland H permalink
    November 20, 2017 9:49 pm

    Well , there is a”Powering Past Coal” plan as instigated by our Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) headed up by my MP Claire Perry who is joined at the hip with CAGW and she is so proud to be instrumental in the rundown and eventual shutdown of our reliable coal fired power stations. Just take a look at the Dept’s website to see how freely that are with our money – spraying it about on all kinds of projects which should be strictly commercial. The government should have absolutely no business in supporting the likes of driverless cars, electric cars etc.

    Also, check out the Clean Growth Strategy.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      November 21, 2017 1:57 pm

      Let’s see how chirpy they are come April 2019.

  11. Athelstan permalink
    November 20, 2017 11:19 pm

    Aye, a quiet conference but there’s always one – isn’t there?

    It’s always the Brit lemmings at the edge of the cliff shouting “were going to commit unilateral suicide – FIRST!”

    And the Germans, Indians, Chinese and Japanese rofl their butts off, shouting “go on then we don’t give a stuff, it’s coal for us and the US!”

    Already, the move away from coal in the UK has been rapid. Around 40% of electricity was still being generated from coal in 2012 but in April this year the UK had its first full day without coal power in 135 years.

    “We have not sacrificed growth,” said Claire Perry, the UK’s minister for climate change and industry.

    “Since 1990 Britain has cut its emissions buy 42% and our economy has grown by 67%, that’s the best performance in the G7 so this is not something that’s a win-lose, it’s a win-win situation.”

    Link al beeb.

    Claire Perry, where do they dig these jejune green goblins and up from? In a race to the bottom, the only ones left around are the loonies bright mad swivel eyed zealots – as the fires go out – shouting for even more green – “you know it’s good for you” they scweam.

    And go forth and multiply to you luv.

    • HotScot permalink
      November 21, 2017 12:16 am


      And look at the conditions Britons lived in 135 years ago. It’s nothing Claire Perry should be bragging about, quite apart from it being a lot of propaganda cock and bull.

    • Rowland H permalink
      November 21, 2017 9:45 am

      Grown our economy? Yeah well we’ve grown it on the backs of thousands of immigrants who consequently provide greater turnover. Grown our debt more like now edging towards £2 trillion. But we can’t stand in the way of spending to “tackle climate change” probably the most fatuous statement ever devised! There were days once when we had balanced budgets when there was real austerity and people only spent money they had to spare.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      November 21, 2017 5:07 pm

      That’s a typical government lie. Emissions hardly dropped from 1990 to 2008, when all the growth occurred, then fell quite a lot when very little growth occurred.

      So over the period, she is right, but she is also utterly wrong.

  12. John F. Hultquist permalink
    November 21, 2017 2:38 am

    “… to ensure that every cent invested and every minute of work …

    The U. N. has wasted much money and has no idea what investing means. The work involves flying, food, and parties. The output is hot air and useless documents. None of this results in a lessening of CO2 emissions nor any effect on global warming.

    I am interested in going to Katowice, Poland.
    Reports indicate there is a very good Bigos (Polish Hunter’s Stew).
    . Śliwowica (a brandy) is reported to be made from Damson plums. I have such a tree and it produced a large crop this year. I could try several and decide if I wanted to transform my crop into such. I have better eating plums.

    Where is the application for travel to this gathering?

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      November 21, 2017 5:08 pm

      Subsidies are pretty much anti-investment – money given for a negative return.

  13. November 21, 2017 3:59 am

    What a total waste of money!

    Globalists love huge junkets at taxpayer expense that strive to raise the cost of energy and transfer money to kleptocrats.

    Time to stop funding insanity. Thank you Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt!

  14. markl permalink
    November 21, 2017 4:23 am

    They, as in Climate Alarmists, will keep up this ridiculous effort to convince the world that it is close to self destruction from the use of fossil fuels as long as they have an audience. Today that audience is mainly comprised of countries that will receive money if the ruse continues. Even China is one of those countries despite being the world’s #2 economy. Really? People are catching on to the real purpose of AGW being a wealth redistribution effort masquerading as a save the world from Global Warming scheme.

    • November 21, 2017 1:04 pm

      China plays like a violin. President Trump is successful with them as he has spent decades dealing with them and understands the game.

    • A C Osborn permalink
      November 21, 2017 5:48 pm

      Unfortunately it doesn’t appear to be many ” People are catching on to the real purpose of AGW being a wealth redistribution effort masquerading as a save the world from Global Warming scheme.”

      Have you actually tried getting a Warmist/Renewables person to see the truth?
      Show them UN Statements that prove it and they twist the meaning of the words to mean something else.
      Show therm data that renwables are crap and they will accuse you of working for Big Oil or the Energy Companies.
      I have been there, done it and experienced it, they are totally brainwashed.
      All the Politicians and 97% of Scientists can’t possibly be wrong and we do not know what we are talking about.

  15. Bitter&twisted permalink
    November 21, 2017 8:19 am

    Yes I’m sure there was lots of “story telling”, because that is what climate change is: a fable for the gullible and rich liberals, told by con-artists, calling themselves “scientists”.

  16. Ben Vorlich permalink
    November 21, 2017 9:32 am

    I don’t actually agree with the headline, please keep reading before replying, because no UN jamboree is a non-event. It is another small step to a world government less democratic than the EU or China.

    We should all be concerned that one day these events will lead to further reductions in our freedoms and rights to a point where we have none.

  17. Jackington permalink
    November 21, 2017 9:56 am

    Surely this press release was written as a tribute to George Orwell?

  18. November 21, 2017 11:20 am

    ‘what exactly was achieved at Bonn?’ – It might have boosted Fiji as somewhere for the global tourist to …er… fly to.

  19. dennisambler permalink
    November 21, 2017 11:34 pm

    Another UN bribery scandal:

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the second time in two years, federal prosecutors have charged foreign businessmen with paying millions of dollars in bribes to secure business deals, with one of the schemes relying on gifts paid to a former president of the United Nations General Assembly.

    Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho, 68, of Hong Kong, and Cheikh Gadio, 61, of Senegal, were charged in a criminal complaint in Manhattan federal court with violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, international money laundering and conspiracy to commit both.

    “As alleged, Ho’s Ugandan scheme was hatched in the halls of the United Nations in New York, when the country’s current foreign minister served as the president of the U.N. General Assembly, and then continued unabated upon his return to Uganda,” Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in a news release announcing the arrests Monday.

    Angel M. Melendez, head of New York’s Department of Homeland Security office, said the men offered millions of dollars in bribes disguised as charitable donations to gain business advantages.

    He said Ho used his position as a consultant to the U.N. Economic and Social Council to further the bribery schemes.

    Beginning in October 2014, prosecutors said Ho and Gadio arranged bribes to secure business advantages for a Shanghai-headquartered multibillion-dollar conglomerate that operates internationally in the energy and financial sectors.

    The company wasn’t named but details indicated it was CEFC China Energy, a privately owned firm seen as an up-and-coming player in the country’s oil and gas sector.

    Prosecutors said that in one scheme, Ho and Gadio were charged with causing the energy company to offer a $2 million bribe to the president of Chad to obtain valuable oil rights from the Chadian government without facing international competition.

    In a second scheme, Ho — Hong Kong’s former home affairs secretary — caused a $500,000 bribe to be paid to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda shortly after he finished his term as president of the U.N. General Assembly, the complaint said.

    Ng Lap Seng, a Chinese billionaire, was convicted in July of paying more than $1.7 million in bribes to U.N. ambassadors to secure rights to build a U.N. conference center in Macau to serve struggling Southern Hemisphere nations. The center was never built.

    Former U.N. General Assembly President John Ashe was once charged in that case, but he died in an accident at his home as he awaited trial.”

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