Highlights and images for 10 December 2018



Members of civil society hold a demonstration on the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, reminding delegates of the human rights defenders who have lost their lives in defense of those rights

Posted by IISD Reporting Services on Tuesday, 11 December 2018

COP 24 As the Katowice Climate Change Conference began its second week, ministers and negotiators engaged in discussions on climate action before 2020 and climate finance. Throughout the day, the COP Presidency held dialogues with parties on several issues central to the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP), including:

  • Transparency;
  • Cooperative approaches (such as the market mechanism);
  • Finance;
  • Global stocktake;
  • Response measures;
  • Compliance;
  • Mitigation / nationally determined contributions (NDCs);
  • Adaptation; and
  • Technology.

For more details on the day's events and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB).

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily reports, daily web coverage, and a summary and analysis from the Katowice Climate Change Conference – December 2018.


Photos by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth

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Pre-2020 Stocktake: High-level Meeting
View of the dais during the high-level meeting
Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)
Ovais Sarmad, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary
Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President
Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, European Commission
Simon Stiell, Minister of Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry,
Fisheries, Disaster Management, and Information, Grenada
Inia Seruiratu, Minister of Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, and National Disaster Management, and High-level Climate Champion, Fiji
Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs, China
Edson Duarte, Minister of the Environment, Brazil
Melissa Price, Minister of the Environment, Australia
Karsten Sach, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety, Germany
Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador, Representative of the Government of Japan for Climate Change
Fekadu Beyene Aleka, Commissioner, Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Commission, Ethiopia
Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy, and Housing, Finland
Henryk Kowalczyk, Minister of the Environment, Poland
Ola Elvestuen, Minister of Climate and the Environment, Norway
High-level Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Finance
View of the dais during the session
Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Leader, Climate and Energy Practice, WWF International
Yasmine Fouad, Minister of the Environment, Egypt
Seyni Nafo, Standing Committee on Finance (SCF)
Michael Eckhart, Managing Director, Global Head of Environmental Finance Corporate and Investment Banking, Citigroup
Laura Tuck, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank
Nick Bridge, Special Representative for Climate Change, UK
Rodolfo Lacy, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Rémy Rioux, Chairperson, International Development Finance Club
Karolina Skog, Minister for the Environment, Sweden
Naoko Ishii, CEO, the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Naina Lal Kidwai, Commissioner, Global Commission on the Economy and Climate
Javier Manzanares, Interim Executive Director, Green Climate Fund (GCF)
Eneida de León, Minister of Housing, Territorial Ordering, and Environment, Uruguay
Presidency Consultations throughout the Day
Presidency consultations on global stocktake
Presidency consultations on response measures
Presidency consultations on matters relating to technology
Civil Society Demonstrations
In an action organized by ACT Alliance and Christian Aid, participants call for COP 24 to produce an ambitious, robust, balanced, and comprehensive rulebook
As the US hosts a side event discussing the role of 'clean coal' and carbon capture and storage technologies, people storm out of the event and flood the hallways, calling to "keep fossil fuels in the ground"
Youth from the Asian region enact a drama about the devastating impacts of climate change and the need to finalize the 'Paris Agreement Rulebook' at COP 24: while the Paris Agreement was adopted in 2015, there has been an increase in the number and intensity of typhoons around the world and they warn of potentially fatal impacts by 2030 if action is not taken now
Around the Venue
Press conference with Laurent Fabius, COP 21 President, Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President, and Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, COP 20 President
Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President
Joanna Dafoe, Canada, speaks with Patricia Fuller, Ambassador for Climate Change, Canada
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa speaks with Sergio Bergman, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina
Laurent Fabius, COP 21 President, speaks with Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, COP 20 President
Melissa Price, Minister of the Environment, Australia, speaks with delegates
Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa
A delegate visits the Earth Negotiations Bulletin website to keep track of negotiations
Nicola Tollin, University of Southern Denmark, speaks with delegates

As an alternative to burning fossil fuels, an exhibition show how rubbish can be turned into carbon and used to make houeshold products

Art on display as part of an exhibition that shows the human dimension of climate change