Mid-week, final week

Significant progress in the negotiating texts has been achieved, but several political issues remain, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa told ministers and other high-level officials who have come Katowice to complete the negotiations on the guidelines for implementing the Paris Agreement.

Shaping the Outcome

Shaping the outcome – After a week of hyper-technical negotiations over the Paris Agreement Work Programme, the outcome of COP24—the guidelines that will determine how countries manage the process for implementing the Paris Agreement– now sits in the hands of ministers and high-level officials.

Midway Point at COP24

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.”

Sharing the roads and Adapting to Climate Change

Sharing the roads – Look at any highway in just about any city during rush hours—bumper-to-bumper traffic everywhere. But on closer inspection, many cars have only one occupant. But what if there were better forms of sharing and carpooling. According to experts, shared mobility in cities can provide all car trips with only two per cent of existing vehicles.

Youth for Climate Action and Country Showcases

Youth Demand Climate Action – No generation alive today will be more affected by climate change than today’s youth, and they let it be known today at COP24 that they want action.

Food Focus and Striking for Climate Action

School Strike for Climate – You are never too young to make a difference. Greta Thunber’s climate journey began at the age of 9 when she started learning about climate change and has stayed on topic ever since. Fast forward six years and she has become vegan and stopped flying on airplanes.

Climate Action: Reality and Hope

Just Transition— This is one of the themes that Poland has designated for the Conference, with the idea that every country has to move to a low-carbon economy while considering the particular economic and social circumstances faced by the people.

COP24: It’s all about Climate Action

Why Katowice? — Katowice may be well known in the region—in fact, it is the capital of the Silesian region.  But it is not a city whose name rolls of the tongue of many world travelers.  So why would Katowice want to host a climate change conference that will attract 30,000 people over a two-week span?

Katowice Corner at COP24

After a night of light snow and sleet, there were rays of sunshine this morning as the 197 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change descended on Katowice to begin their deliberations to finalize the rulebook for implementing the Paris Agreemen