|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Publication Date||December 2018|
COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), aiming at Preventing “dangerous” human interference with the climate system is the ultimate aim of the UNFCCC. The 2018 UN climate change conference (COP24) was held from 2 to 14 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland.
The main objective of the Polish Presidency at COP24 is to adopt a decision ensuring full implementation of the Paris Agreement (the so-called implementation package - the Katowice Rules). The implementation package will give the Paris Agreement a realistic shape by setting out a path that each country will decide to follow in terms of intensifying its climate protection efforts. Until the 14th of December representatives of 196 countries and the EU worked on reaching an agreement concerning goals set three years ago in the Paris Agreement. It was the third time that Poland is the host of a UN Climate Conference.
The Conference announced success on 15 December with nearly 200 countries signing up to a 156-page rulebook for implementing the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change.
The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme body of the UNFCCC Convention. It consists of the representatives of the Parties to the Convention. It holds its sessions every year. The COP takes decisions which are necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the provisions of the Convention and regularly reviews the implementation of these provisions.
During COP24, the Polish Presidency plans to focus its attention on three key topics:
The ambition of the Polish Presidency is to adopt rules and tools that will create a systemic solution for the whole world, replacing the point-based discussion on fragmented objectives, which doesn’t allow for a comprehensive approach to all important areas of emissions (such as transport, energy, buildings, agriculture), removals balancing emissions (forests, soils), implementation measures (including financing) and measures to adapt economies to expected changes in the future (the so-called adaptation measures).
The Solidarity and Just Transition Silesia Declaration has been adopted to support the social aspect of the transition towards a low-carbon economy. Over 40 countries have supported the Katowice Partnership for Electromobility declaration-a joint initiative of Poland and Great Britain dedicated to the development of electric transport. The “Forests for Climate” Katowice Ministerial Declaration has been accepted, aiming at achieving a balance between anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases.
The Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015, sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature rise to 1.5°C. It entered into force on 4 November 2016. 195 UNFCCC Parties have signed the Agreement and 184 have now ratified it.
|Subject Tags||Climate Change|
|Keywords||Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change [UNFCCC]
|International Organisations||United Nations [UN]|