Blog from COP24
It’s crunch time in Katowice, on what it supposed to be the last day of COP24, but the talks are heading for an all-nighter. It is not unusual for climate conferences to run late—in fact, they all do. But it is always a question of how late.
Some of the world’s countries that are most vulnerable to climate change took center stage at COP24. Led by the Marshall Islands, the Climate Vulnerable Forum countries issued a plea for accelerated action. “We are out of time,” said Marshall Island President Hilda Heine in a video. Rising sea levels, she said, threatened the country with extinction, yet that has not stopped the country from submitting a new nationally climate commitment.
Ratcheting up the pressure – Tension is rising at COP24 as the clock ticks down on the time available to complete the Paris Agreement Work Programme—which is supposed to guide countries as they implement the agreement. UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the meeting that “it is a moment of truth” and that “Katowice must be the dawn of a new determination to unleash the promise of the Paris Agreement.”
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.
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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 – 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 – 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 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.
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.