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Midway Point

With one week down, COP24 is ready to enter its second phase as more than 100 ministers are set to arrive in Katowice to hammer out the implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement. And while there has been progress, COP24 President Michal Kurtyka says there is “still a lot to do.”

President Kurtyka said: “Negotiators are working 24 hours a day. We are now approaching the political phase of the conference, with Ministers coming from all over the world to be here next week.” While the outcome document is still quite long, he said it had been whittled down a bit.

UN Climate Change Chief Patricia Espinosa noted a number of positive developments, including the launching of the replenishment process of the Green Climate Fund, with Germany doubling its contribution. She was also encouraged by  the multilateral development banks, who said they would align their investments with the goals of the Paris Agreement. The World Bank will contribute USD $200 billion to climate finance over the next five years, with $50 earmarked for adaptation.

Anyone want to host COP25?

Now that Brazil has withdrawn its offer to host the next COP in 2019, there is a bit of a scramble to figure out where the next COP will be.  Hosting of the COP rotates among regions, next year, it should be held in the Western Hemisphere. A number of countries in South and Central America, and the Caribbean, have expressed interest, but, it was noted, hosting a COP is a fairly expensive proposition. While Fiji hosted the COP last year, it was held in Bonn, Germany, with the Germany providing the financial support. UN Climate Change Chief Patricia Espinosa said, however, that the German Government cannot take full responsibility for the conference every year.

Facebook LIVE studio at COP24

You want to follow the discussions at the UN Climate Conference in Katowice, Poland, and hear from experts, but don’t know where to start? No worries, we’ve got you covered.

Facebook has set up a studio at COP 24, and we’re interviewing various personalities.

The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit Luis Alfonso de Alba talked about the expectations for next year’s global climate meeting, saying that “We are not just looking for speeches to be delivered in the General Assembly hall, we are looking for climate champions.”

United Nations Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador Bertrand Piccard, the Swiss aviator chatted about innovative and profitable solutions to climate change, stressing that “you can earn money and create jobs, and at the same time you can create a cleaner environment and a better world.”

Through United Nations Facebook, you can tune into live interviews with senior government and UN officials, experts from civil society organisations, and youth representatives, and stay up to date on climate action around the world.