COP 24 in Katowice, Poland.
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Following a year of devastating climate disasters around the globe, the annual UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) opened in early December with the goal of finalising the implementation guidelines for the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

“This year is likely to be one of the four hottest years on record. Greenhouses gas concentrations in the atmosphere are at record levels and emissions continue to rise. Climate change impacts have never been worse. This reality is telling us that we need to do much more – COP24 needs to make that happen,” said Patricia Espinosa, the UN’s Climate Chief at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), COP24, which started on the 2nd December 2018, in Katowice, Poland.

Until the 14th December representatives of 196 countries and the European Union are to work on reaching an agreement concerning goals set three years ago in the Paris Agreement. The parties are aiming to finalise a detailed set of rules and guidelines –the so-called Paris ‘work programme' or 'rule book' – which will enable the landmark accord to be put into practice all around the world.

The guidelines are to provide clarity on how to implement the Paris Agreement fairly and transparently for all.

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