COP24 Agreement

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COP24 – The Katowice Summit

The COP24 agreement reached in Katowice, Poland, sets out in detail how the Paris goals, which attempt to limit increases in global temperatures to below 2%, will be achieved. Crucially, the 196 country involved have agreed a common rule book for implementation.

COP24 refers to the twenty-fourth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which opened on December 2nd 2018.

Despite disagreement around the acceptance of the ‘scientific report’ from the IPCC (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) – with the US, Russia, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia ‘noting’ its contents, rather than ‘welcoming them’ – agreement was finally reached on how to implement the climate change rules.

The long, and at times difficult talks saw delegates haggling over the rules which are intended to turn the ambitions set down in Paris into workable procedures.

While critics have argued that more could have been done to help speed up the implementation of the plan to control climate change, supporters claim the agreement represents a major breakthrough in having the rules operational by 2020.

According to the EU climate commissioner, Miguel Canete;

divider “We have a system of transparency, we have a system of reporting, we have rules to measure our emissions, we have a system to measure the impacts of our policies compared to what science recommends.” enforcement of the agreement.


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