Editors Note: This is a running series documenting four UNC student's experience at the COP 23 in Bonn, Germany. See the first entry here. 

By Mark Ortiz

Today marked the beginning of the 23rd United Nations Conference of Parties (COP 23) — the annual climate negotiations — in Bonn, Germany. At COP 23, world leaders are expected to build on the groundwork and principles established in the 2015 Paris Agreement and develop roadmaps to reach its goals. 

Though the negotiations are taking place in Bonn, the island nation of Fiji is presiding, giving the conference a Pacific focus. Fiji is using this platform to highlight the climate change threats faced by small island states, such as sea level rise, climate change-related displacement, and increased incidence of extreme storm events. 

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Source: Daily Tar Heel