26th plenary meeting of the CMA (countries who have signed and ratified the Paris Agreement), Katowice, Poland, 15 December 2018.
Photo: ©cop24.gov.pl

17.12.2018

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At COP24, the 197 parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gathered to agree on how they will achieve the Paris commitments. They adopted a “rule book” for the Paris Agreement, the ‘Katowice Climate Package’. Nevertheless, some questions still remain unsolved.

In the first weeks of December 2018, the 197 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) debated at the COP24 meeting in Katowice, Poland on concrete action to implement the Paris Agreement. The very difficult negotiations meant that it was only possible to terminate them on 15 December – one day after the climate conference officially ended.

Three years ago, the countries agreed in Paris to take action to keep global temperature rises under 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and as close as possible to 1.5°C.  The Parties to the climate conference then set the 2018 COP24 meeting in Poland as the deadline for the adoption of a “rule book” to translate the Paris Agreement into action.

The difficulties encountered during the negotiations were the different realties of the parties. Some countries feel the need for global action more acutely than others: the small island nations, for example, and areas of extreme weather activity such as the Sahel or the Polar regions.

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