November 23rd 2017

Business / Technology

Twitter introduces special emoji for UN Climate Change Conference #COP23

Given the urgency of climate action and huge number of cities, regions, businesses and investors, along with many civil society organizations who are present in Bonn and who are using Twitter to engage audiences, we expect to see that number far exceeded.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 07 Nov 2017 13:41 EAT

The UN Climate Change Conference gathers world leaders and high-profile advocates to discuss a sustainable future. This year’s Conference (COP23) will take place from 6-17 November in Bonn, and for everyone that wants to discuss the event on Twitter, the platform is introducing a special emoji. The emoji appears when using the hashtag #COP23.

The special emoji is a reflection of the #COP23 logo. Thanks to the hashtag, it will be even easier to join the conversation on Twitter about the Conference.

Sinéad McSweeney, Twitter Vice President for Public Policy and Communications EMEA, said: "Twitter is the place to discuss news and the important issues of the day. Citizens, politicians, and celebrities can publicly share their views and interact with each other, animating the conversation around topics of global importance with their voices. People use Twitter to advocate for their beliefs and this emoji makes the conversation around #COP23 all the more colourful."

John Connor, the Executive Director of the COP23 Presidency Secretariat, commented: "Now, more than ever, voices at every level of society from every corner of the world are using social media to unite for more ambitious climate action.

The Twitter emoji - based on the COP23 logo - captures the vulnerability to climate change of a small island developing state like Fiji. It reinforces the urgency of our call to work together to build a Grand Coalition among all those with the will and power to act."

Nick Nuttall, Director of Communications of UN Climate Change and COP23 Spokesperson added: “We are very grateful for the support of Twitter at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn. The new emoji is a real social media asset for promoting the news and actions of nations as the world seeks to build great ambition—Further, Faster, Together.

“Over the past two years the enthusiasm of cities, states, regions, territories, business and investors for aligning climate action with national and international goals under the Paris Climate Change Agreement has also become a hallmark of these conferences. Thus social media, with Twitter one of the leading players, is helping to generate a global conversation about how all sectors of society need to up their game.

“Last year at UN Climate Change Conference COP22 in Morocco, more than a million tweets were posted with the hashtag #COP22. Given the urgency of climate action and huge number of cities, regions, businesses and investors, along with many civil society organizations who are present in Bonn and who are using Twitter to engage audiences, we expect to see that number far exceeded. Let’s all get #COP23 trending!”

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