Katowice Climate Change Conference COP 24/ CMP 14/ CMA 1.3
2–14 December 2018
Joint reflections note by the presiding officers of the APA, the SBSTA and the SBI (15 Oct. 2018)
The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP24 will be held in Katowice December 2 – 14 December.
The key objective of the meeting is to adopt the implementation guidelines of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
This is crucial because it ensures the true potential of the Paris Agreement can be unleashed, including ramping up climate action so that the central goal of the agreement can be achieved, namely to hold the global average temperature to as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Specifically, the full implementation of the Paris Agreement means that practical actions will be unlocked with respect to all elements of the climate regime that countries are building:
· adaptation to climate change impacts
· ambitious emission reductions,
· with strong means of implementation to support developing countries, in the form of technology cooperation, capacity building, and, especially financial support.
In addition to the implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement, COP24 will also see the high-level political phase of the Fiji-led Talanoa Dialogue, which aims to assess progress towards the temperature goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement.
Also at the COP in Katowice, the climate action of non-Party actors will be showcased during a series of Global Climate Action events.