COP24 diary – day #5

(EurActiv, 7 Dec 2018) Over this special series on COP24, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into the goings on of the UN climate conference in Katowice and what is driving the conversation there. In this edition: An update on the negotiations, climate denialism, South America, costs of global warming, and more.

On the negotiation side. Six days after the COP24 started in Katowice, delegates from almost 200 countries continue negotiations on the rulebook to implement the goals of the Paris Agreement, with developing countries pressing to keep the ‘Paris momentum’.

“We need to keep the momentum we had in Paris, we need to adopt the rulebook here,” said Gebru Jember Endalew, an Ethiopian who chairs the 47-strong Least Developed Countries Group at the UN Climate Change negotiations.

“We represent almost one billion people, the people who are least responsible for climate change but among those most vulnerable to its effects,” he told reporters at an informal press briefing Thursday (6 December). “The longer poor countries have to wait for financial support, the larger the cost will become,” he warned.

Countries – or Parties in UN jargon – are currently negotiating rules and procedures for implementing the Paris agreement, including provisions addressing transparency, accounting, compliance, use of market-based mechanisms, as well as periodic assessment of collective progress.  These set of rules and procedures form the Paris rulebook.

It is worth reminding that while countries can define their climate commitment individually,  their action plans are subject to rules and procedures that are internationally agreed.

This is what is at stake right now.

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EurActiv, 7 Dec 2018: COP24 diary – day #5