Highlights and images for 3 December 2018



Highlights for Monday, 3 December 2018

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COP 24 On Monday, the Katowice Climate Change Conference continued, holding its official opening ceremony in the morning. During the opening plenary and the High-level Segment, attended by 29 heads of state and government, many spoke of the urgency of climate change. Taking place for the first time, the “People’s Seat” initiative allowed people from around the world to send direct messages to decisions makers by posting contributions on social media. As summarized by Sir David Attenborough: “The world's people have spoken and their message is clear - time is running out. They want you, the decision makers to act now.” The opportunity for delegates at the Katowice Climate Change Conference to act, by delivering on the work programme for the Paris Agreement, was underlined by many, including UN Secretary-General António Guterres who reminded delegates “there is no time for limitless negotiations.”President of Poland Andrzej Duda presented the Solidarity and Just Transition Silesia Declaration, supported by 37 countries, which addresses how to realize a low-carbon economy in a way that is just for all the people and communities affected by such a transition.Delegates worked in informal formats throughout the day on the issues central to the Paris Agreement Work Programme. Several other events were held on Monday, including:

  • Multilateral assessment;
  • Facilitative sharing of views;
  • Koronivia joint work on agriculture; and
  • Review of the work of the improved forum on the impact of the implementation of response measures.
  • 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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    Opening Plenary
    Delegates in the hallway before the opening plenary
    Marcin Wyrostek and his band welcome delegates to Poland
    Frank Bainimarama, COP 23 President, hands over the COP Presidency gavel to Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President
    View of the dais during the opening plenary
    Frank Bainimarama, COP 23 President
    President Andrzej Duda, Poland
    María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President, UN General Assembly
    UN Secretary-General António Guterres
    Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President
    Henryk Kowalczyk, Minister of Environment, Poland
    Marcin Krupa, Mayor of Katowice
    Kristalina Georgieva, CEO, World Bank
    Sir David Attenborough, BBC, delivering the UN "People’s Seat” address
    Messages from the UN "People’s Seat”
    High-level Segment
    View of the dais during the High-level Segment
    President Gjorge Inanov, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
    President Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi, Botswana
    President Raimonds Vējonis, Latvia
    Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
    Youth Session with UN Secretary-General
    View of the room during the session
    UN Secretary-General António Guterres
    UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa
    Neekhil Prasad, Fijian Youth Delegate
    Greta Thunberg, Swedish Youth Climate Activist
    Youth family photo with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa
    Multilateral Assessment
    Delegates during the Multilateral Assessment
    Country presentation from Lithuania
    Country presentation from France
    Facilitative Sharing of Views
    Delegates during the session
    Country presentation from Argentina
    Country presentation from Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Review of the Work of the Forum on Response Measures
    Delegates during the session
    Kathryn Bacher, US
    Albara Tawfiq, Saudi Arabia, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China
    Ama Essel, Gabon
    Co-Chair Andrei Marcu Belize
    Delegates during the session
    Workshop of the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture
    Delegates during the session
    Reynolds Shula, Zambia
    Mikko Ollikainen, Adaptation Fund
    Delegates during the session
    Co-Facilitators Heikki Granholm, Finland, and Milagros Sandoval, Peru
    Delegates from Africa
    Delegates from Sudan
    Around the Venue
    UN Secretary-General António Guterres around the venue
    Dignitaries from Bahrain
    Delegates from Bolivia
    Dignitaries from the UN
    Dignitaries from Italy and Germany
    Delegates from the UAE
    Delegates from Nepal
    UN Security
    Delegates from Chile
    María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President, UN General Assembly, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and President Andrzej Duda, Poland
    Delegates from Jamaica and Mozambique
    Delegates from Cuba
    Media during the High-level Segment
    Sir David Attenborough, BBC, during a press conference
    Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, WWF Global Climate and Energy Lead, speaks with delegates
    Paul Oquist Kelley, Nicaragua, speaks with delegates
    People gather for the opening of the Action Hub with Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California, US, Hindou Ibrahim, Indigenous Peoples, and Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President


    Negotiating blocs
    Group of 77 and China
    Non-state coalitions