Dr Manuel Solis, a Lecturer at the Adelaide Law School, was designated as a non-government legal and policy adviser to the Philippines Delegation, and granted a party or negotiator rather than observer status in the 23rd Conference of the Parties, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 23) held in Bonn, Germany, 6 – 17 November 2017. This is the third consecutive year that the Philippines Government had invited Dr Solis to join its official delegation to the UNFCCC in the aforementioned capacity in recognition of his expertise and research in the climate change area.
In addition to his role as a legal and policy adviser to the Philippines COP 23 Delegation, Dr Solis also headed the University delegation with support from the Environment Institute and was joined by Professor Gus Nathan from the Centre of Energy Technology, University of Adelaide.
At COP 23, Dr Solis served in various capacities as a negotiator / adviser, panellist and delegate. Upon invitation by the University of Bonn’s Department of Southeast Asian Studies together with Asienhaus Foundation, Cologne, Dr Solis was a speaker and session panellist on the topic of ‘A Coal-free Future? Renewable Energy and Post- Extractivism in the Southeast Asian Context’. Also, he participated in the Climate Law and Governance Day, a special one-day event, that convenes a community of judges, law faculties and legal institutes, government authorities, law associations and others responsible for inspiring, innovating and building law and governance capacity. Dr Solis also joined the Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF), a high-profile event organised by Climate Action in partnership with UN Environment (formerly the UN Environment Program or UNEP), with Professor Gus Nathan and Ann Ferguson, Lord Mayor of Mount Barker and Councillor of the SA Premier’s Climate Change Council. Through a combination of keynotes, panel discussions and networking sessions, the SIF brought together more than 800 carefully hand-picked delegates, including Ministers of Energy and Climate Change, Blue Chip CEOs, Mayors, Responsible Investors, Development Banks, Green Entrepreneurs and media for two days of sharing ideas, networking and exploring collaboration to galvanise and fast track the green economy.
Also at COP 23, Dr Solis was invited by the Head of the National Environmental Law Unit, UN Environment, to join a select expert panel constituted by the UNFCCC Secretariat, UN Environment and the Commonwealth Secretariat sometime in February 2018 to assist in developing and completing a global, online law and climate change toolkit for pilot implementation within the year.