Interesting side event to COP23 on how climate research in the polar regions is influencing adaptation strategies for Small Island Developing States.
Saturday, 11 November 2017, 10:00 till 12:30
Legal Status of the Bering Strait: Historical and Legal Context –
a new article written by A. N. Vylegzhanin.
UNFCCC COP23 is coming up.
Alongside the conference the Bonn Climate Law & Governance Day 2017 will take place.
It is about:
Multi-level legal instruments to implement the Paris Agreement and NDCs;
Operationalising the Paris Agreement;
Advancing Climate Resilience and Climate Justice;
Legal Frameworks To Enable Climate Finance and Engage the Private Sector
Bonn Climate Law & Governance Day 2017
Friday, 10 November 2017
during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
23nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) in Bonn, Germany
Venue : Heussallee 18-24, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Documentary and Discussion on Arctic Shipping
Climate Planet – Bonn Rheinauen Park
8th November 2017, 1330-1440
The shipping industry is one of the world’s most polluting, yet unregulated industries. Vessels sailing throughout our oceans often burn the dirtiest of all fuels – heavy fuel oil (HFO), but it is in the Arctic that the use of HFO is particularly dangerous. Not only would a spill have disastrous consequences for the ecosystem and the local communities that depend on it, emissions of black carbon from HFO combustion also accelerate Greenland and Arctic sea ice melt. With Arctic shipping routes opening up further, how can we ensure increased shipping doesn’t threaten the Arctic and accelerate global climate change?
In her documentary Sea Blind Bernice Notenboom takes us on a trip north into the Arctic, to meetings with shipping insiders, journalists, environmentalists and world-renowned climate scientists. Sea Blind is a powerful and convincing illustration of what increased shipping and heavy fuel oil could mean for both the Arctic ecosystem and climate change, and looks at what potential alternatives to HFO use in the Arctic might entail.
Following the movie screening, the Clean Arctic Alliance will introduce the Arctic Commitment, an initiative calling on businesses and organisations to step forward and call for a phase-out of heavy fuel oil from Arctic shipping, before holding a moderated panel discussion that will include Sea Blind filmmaker and polar explorer Bernice Notenboom. The audience is encouraged to join in the discussion.
More more information about the Clean Arctic Alliance, visit
For more information about Sea Blind, visit http://www.seablind.org/en/
Michael Byers, the great doyen of Arctic legal affairs, has published an article entitled “Crises and international cooperation: An Arctic case study” (open access).
The great Handbook of the Politics of the Arctic edited by Leif Christian Jensen, Senior Research Fellow and Geir Hønneland, Research Professor and Director, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway is now available as a paperback edition.
An unprecedented legal battle for our planet’s future is about to take place. This November, one of the largest people-powered movements in modern history will assemble to fight climate change in a new and powerful way: by bringing it into the courtroom. Standing in the dock will be the Norwegian government, which recently sanctioned new areas for oil exploration in the Arctic. Unburnable will tell the story of this momentous legal challenge, and the global fight to protect our most fundamental human rights.