Highlights and images for 4 December 2018



Highlights for Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Members of civil society demonstrate in the hallway, calling for an ambitious outcome at COP 24

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COP 24 The Katowice Climate Change Conference continued on Tuesday, shifting from the high-level statements delivered on Monday into detailed negotiations. Many informal consultations met to discuss issues related to the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP), which is slated for completion at this meeting. The issues discussed included:

  • Guidance on the mitigation section of nationally determined contributions;
  • Adaptation communications;
  • Transparency;
  • Global stocktake; and
  • Climate finance.
  • On some of these issues, parties identified the need for guidance by heads of delegation. A meeting of the heads of delegation took place in the late afternoon.During a special event to unpack the new scientific knowledge and key findings in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee outlined the report’s findings:

  • climate change is already affecting people, livelihoods, and ecosystems worldwide;
  • limiting warming to 1.5°C is not impossible but would require unprecedented transitions in all sectors of society;
  • there are clear benefits to keeping warming to 1.5°C rather than 2°C or higher; and
  • limiting warming to 1.5°C can have co-benefits for achieving other global goals.
  • The COP 24 Presidency announced the Driving Change Together – Katowice Partnership for Electromobility declaration and the associated partnership between Poland and the UK. Several speakers at the event underscored the importance of decarbonizing the transport sector as crucial to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.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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    Global Climate Action High-level Event: Embracing Multilateralism
    View of the dais during the opening of the Global Climate Action High-level event
    UN Secretary-General António Guterres
    Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister, Poland
    Mae Jemison, Principal, 100 Year Starship
    Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President
    Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse
    Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, Scotland
    Mahendra Singhi, Managing Director and CEO, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd.
    A video played during the session
    Ralph Hamers, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, ING Group
    Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Indigenous Peoples
    Tomasz Chruszczow, High-level Climate Champion, Poland
    Inia Seruiratu, High-level Climate Champion, Fiji
    Delegates during the event
    Partnership for Electromobility Declaration
    View of the dais during the event
    UN Secretary-General António Guterres
    President Alexander Van der Bellen, Austria
    José Mendes, Chairman, Transport Decarbonisation Alliance
    Regis Immongault, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gabon
    Informal Consultations and Contact Groups throughout the Day
    Informal consultations on implementation and compliance (APA item 7)
    SBSTA contact group on matters related to Article 6 (cooperative approaches)
    SBI informal consultations on developing modalities for the public registry for NDCs
    Informal consultations on adaptation communication (APA agenda item 4)
    SBI informal consultations on ex ante finance (Paris Agreement Article 9.5)
    Informal consultations on the global stocktake (APA agenda item 6)
    Delegates sit on the floor as rooms are filled to capacity
    SBSTA-IPCC Special Event
    A slide from the SBSTA-IPCC Special Event: Unpacking the New Scientific Knowledge and Key Findings in the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C
    IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee
    UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa
    SBSTA Chair Paul Watkinson, France
    IPCC Working Group III Co-Chair Jim Skea, UK
    IPCC Working Group I Co-Chairs Valérie Masson-Delmotte, France, and Panmao Zhai, China
    IPCC Working Group II Co-Chairs Hans-Otto Pörtner, Germany, and Debra Roberts, South Africa
    Slides from the IPCC presentation
    Delegates during the session
    Leon Charles, Grenada
    Gabriel Mannah Kpaka, Sierra Leone
    Frank McGovern, Ireland
    Cheryl Jeffers, St. Kitts and Nevis
    Paul Oquist Kelley, Nicaragua
    Stephan Singer, Climate Action Network (CAN) International
    Civil Society Demonstrations throughout the Day
    A representative from ACT Alliance dressed as a 'sick planet,' caused by a high temperature, calls for climate justice and demands urgent climate action to halt global temperature rise
    Participants in an action organised by Corporate Accountability International call for ambition and equity at COP 24, presenting the "People's Demands for Climate Justice"
    Around the Venue
    Austrian delegation with President Alexander Van der Bellen, Austria (center)
    Marcela Main Sancha, Secretary to the COP (left)
    Harald Winkler, South Africa, speaks with Marianne Karlsen, Norway
    Mona Al-Attas, Saudi Arabia, speaks with a delegate
    Delegates from Bangladesh
    Delegates around the venue
    In the exhibition center, traditional Fijian Kava is served at the Fiji Pavilion
    Delegates dance to traditional music at the Indonesia Pavilion