What will happen at COP24

Michał Kurtyka (left), Secretary of State in the Environment Ministry, officially took over the COP Presidency from the Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama. Picture: cop24.gov.pl

ONE of the most important tasks of the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) will be to work out and adopt a package of decisions ensuring the full implementation of the Paris Agreement, in accordance with the decisions adopted in Paris (COP21) and in Marrakesh (CMA1).

COP24 will include the so-called Facilitative Dialogue intended to support the implementation of national commitments.

In the course of the 2018 Climate Summit, Poland will demonstrate how neutrality in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and its sequestration by soils and forests, can be attained.

The Polish presidency plans to focus its message on three key themes: q

  • Technology — development of climate-friendly modern solutions, such as electromobility;
  • Man — solidary and just transition of industrial regions; and,
  • Nature — achieving climate neutrality by absorbing CO2 by forests and land, or by water management.

A total of 197 parties are a signatory to the UNFCCC, which is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep a global average temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

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