Katowice Climate Change Conference COP 24

The UN Climate Change Conference, which in 2018 will convene under the Presidency of Poland for the third time, takes place from 2 to 14 December in Katowice, Poland.

It will include the twenty-fourth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24), the fourteenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 14), the seventh part of the first session of the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-7) and the third part of the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1-3). In addition, the forty-ninth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 49) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 49) will take place during the conference.

The most important task of COP 24 will be to finalise and adopt the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement under the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP), so as to ensure it can take into effect in 2020. Apart from the negotiations around the PAWP, the conference will see a number of high-level events, mandated events, global climate action events and roundtables, the Talanoa Dialogue and numerous side events. The High-level events include the High-level Global Climate Action Event, the High-level part of the stocktake on pre-2020 implementation and ambition, the 3rd Biennial Ministerial High-Level Dialogue on Climate Finance – Translating climate finance needs into action, and the political phase of the Talanoa Dialogue.

The objective of the High-level event on Global Climate Action is to strengthen high-level engagement on the implementation of policy options and actions; provide an opportunity for announcing new or strengthened voluntary efforts, initiatives and coalitions; take stock of related progress and recognize new or strengthened voluntary efforts, initiatives and coalitions and provide opportunities for the effective high-level engagement of dignitaries of Parties, international organizations, international cooperative initiatives and non-Party stakeholders. It will also serve as the kick-off to the Marrakech Partnership events at COP 24. These events will encompass action events on human settlements, industry, transport, water, oceans and coastal zones, energy, and land use, as well as roundtables on finance and climate action, resilience and climate action, land use, water and energy, and oceans and transport. The integration of sustainable development and climate action will be discussed in roundtables on SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production).

The “Human Settlements Action Event: Integrated and Multilevel Action to Raise Ambition” takes place on 7 December from 10:00 to 13:00. The event is co-organised by the nrg4SD and consists of three different panel discussions: 1) integrated climate action; 2) zero-emission and resilient buildings and construction; 3) Financing multi-level climate action.

The high-level part of the stocktake on pre-2020 implementation and ambition takes place on 10 December from 10:00 to 12:00. The stocktake aims to facilitate the continued consideration by Parties of efforts in relation to climate implementation and ambition in the pre-2020 period. The stocktake will also provide a space for a holistic reflection by Ministers and other high-level representatives of challenges in and opportunities for enhancing pre-2020 implementation and ambition. A technical part of the pre-2020 stocktake will be held during the first week of COP 24. It will provide an opportunity for a reflection of the efforts of UNFCCC bodies and entities and the Marrakech Partnership on pre-2020 implementation and ambition.

The 3rd Biennial Ministerial High-level Dialogue on climate finance will be convened on 10 December from 15:00 to 18:00. It aims to provide a clear vision on how to ensure further progress on the mobilization of climate finance and will focus on concrete efforts and initiatives on mobilizing finance and investments to translate climate finance needs into action and on enhancing developing countries’ access to climate finance. Against this background, initiatives that have successfully mobilized climate finance and enhanced cooperation on this issue, are expected to be presented. In line with the invitation of the COP, the dialogue will pay particular attention to the issue of enhancing access to climate finance. High-level multi-stakeholder panel discussions will take place in two distinct sessions followed by a last session consisting of an open discussion in plenary

The political phase of the Talanoa Dialogue will take place in the second week of COP 24 after the wrapping-up of the preparatory phase in the first week. The opening of the dialogue and ministerial roundtables will take place on 11 December, starting at 9:00; the closing meeting will take place on 12 December. The objective of the Dialogue is to take stock of the collective efforts of Parties in relation to progress towards the long-term goal referred to in Article 4, paragraph 1, of the Paris Agreement and inform the preparation of nationally determined contributions pursuant to Article 4, paragraph 8, of the Agreement. The Ministerial roundtables will address specifically, the question of “how do we get there” with a view to commonly discussing the action required to meet the long-temperature goal. The discussions held at the roundtables will constitute the basis for an outcome that generates greater confidence, courage and enhanced ambition.

In addition to the negotiations, high-level and mandated events, numerous side events will take place at COP 24. The nrg4SD together with the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) will hold the side event “Integrating adaptation and the SDGs – The potential of multi – level governance.” The event is tentatively scheduled for 12 December with the time still to be defined. The event will discuss the potential of integrating adaptation and sustainable development on different governance levels. It will showcase cooperation between national and subnational governments in order to aligning the goals of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Further, the City of Katowice has confirmed to host the special event “Cities and Regions Climate Agora at COP24” for members and partners of the LGMA Constituency on 10 December from 18:30 to 21:30. Further details are to follow.

For the full schedule of the COP 24, see https://unfccc.int/katowice

For information about official side events, exhibits, pavilions and other information, please visit https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/conferences/katowice-climate-change-conference-december-2018/side-events-and-exhibits-at-cop-24





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