Highlights and images for 14 December 2018



Members of civil society sing Michael Jackson's 'Earth Song' on the steps of the venue, reminding delegates that there are only 12 years left to limit global warming to 1.5°C

COP 24 On Friday, the Katowice Climate Change Conference was scheduled to close. Delegates spent the day reviewing the latest iteration of text produced in the ministerial meeting, or Sejmik, that met throughout the day.As of 9:30 pm, the meeting had yet to end. Follow @IISDRS on Twitter, or return to this website, for updates.

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.


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Meetings with the UN Secretary-General
UN Secretary-General António Guterres returns to Katowice to lend support for a successful outcome
UN Security
UN Secretary-General António Guterres with President Andrzej Duda, Poland
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa
A bilateral meeting is held between UN Secretary-General António Guterres and President Andrzej Duda, Poland
Kevin O'Hanlon, Deputy Chief, Department of Safety and Security, UN (right), with the Polish Police Commissioner
UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Mohamed Nasheed, former President of Maldives
A meeting held between UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga, Tuvalu, and representatives from Maldives, Grenada, and Marshall Islands
Hussain Rasheed Hassan, Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives; Mohamed Nasheed, former President of Maldives; Simon Stiell, Minister of Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry, Fisheries, and Disaster Management and Information, Grenada; and David Paul, Minister of the Environment, Marshall Islands
UN Secretary-General António Guterres and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa
UN Secretary-General António Guterres meets with observer organizations
Informal Consultations throughout the Day
Delegates huddle informally
Majid Shafiepour, Iran, speaks with delegates
Miriam Medel García, UNFCCC Secretariat
Delegates review the draft text
Meetings continue behind closed doors
Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President, holds a press conference to update delegates about the status of negotiations
Civil Society Demonstrations
Representatives from the Millennials Energy Delegation in a performance about the relation of man and nature in ancient China and across its eight different dynasties
The Fossil of the Day is awarded to the country "blocking progress the most" at COP 24
Members of civil society participate in a 'climate strike'
In the largest civil society demonstration at COP 24, hundreds of people gather on the steps, asking delegates 'which side are you on' and saying that they 'stand with people, not polluters'
Demonstrators silently march out of the venue, calling for an urgent outcome at COP 24
Around the Venue
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) team covering COP 24: Katie Browne, US; Natalie Jones, New Zealand; Jennifer Bansard, Germany/France; Jen Allan, Canada; Beate Antonich, Germany; Mari Luomi, Finland/UAE; and Kiara Worth, South Africa
Delegates from Gabon, South Africa, and Egypt
Delegates from Cuba
Hayrapet Hakobyan, Armenia
UN Security around the venue
Laurence Tubiana, CEO, European Climate Foundation
Marcela Main Sancha, Secretary to the COP
Delegates from Saudi Arabia
Delegates from the Pacific region
Youth NGOs (YOUNGOs) family photo
Delegates from Indonesia wear masks to raise awareness about the plight of orangutans
Delegates from South Africa



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