Highlights and images for 5 December 2018



Highlights for Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Members of civil society tell negotiators they are moving too slowly and that time is running out

Posted by IISD Reporting Services on Wednesday, 5 December 2018

COP 24 The Katowice Climate Change Conference continued on Wednesday with technical negotiations, but decision makers also began to engage at more political levels on key issues in the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP).Throughout the day, informal consultations and contact groups took place as delegates worked through key negotiation issues ranging from finance to the transparency framework. The technical part of the stocktake on pre-2020 implementation and ambition convened in the morning. It will inform the political part of this stocktake taking place next week.At the political level, the COP 24 Presidency began meeting with heads of delegation to discuss the decision emerging from this meeting (Decision 1/CP.24). Other Presidency meetings focused on the Talanoa Dialogue and the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C, and the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples’ Platform.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.

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Pre-2020 Stocktake on Implementation and Ambition
View of plenary during the session
Thelma Krug, Vice-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Moderator Ben Garside, Carbon Pulse
SBI Chair Emmanuel Dlamini, eSwatini
SBSTA Chair Paul Watkinson, France
Tomasz Chruszczow, Special Envoy for Climate Change and High‐level Champion for COP 24, Poland
Gustavo Fonseca, Director of Programs, the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Dinara Gershinkova, Vice-Chair, Technology Executive Committee (TEC)
Pa Ousman Jarju, Director of Country Programming, Green Climate Fund (GCF)
Qi Yue, China
Nur Masripatin, Indonesia
Informal Consultations throughout the Day
Informal consultations on mitigation (APA item 3)
Informal consultations on implementation and compliance (APA item 7)
SBSTA informal consultations on Paris Agreement Article 6
SBSTA informal consultations on the technology framework
SBI informal consultations on the development and transfer of technology
SBI informal discussions on the development of a public registry referred to in Paris Agreement Article 7.12 (adaptation communication)
COP 24 Presidency's Open Dialogue
Participants during the session
Artur Lorkowski, COP 24 Presidency
Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President
Peter Glynn, Business and Industry NGOs (BINGOs)
Thor Kofoed, Farmers
Jisun Hwang, Local Government and Municipal Authorities (LGMA)
Michael Charles, Indigenous Peoples
Delegates stand in the back as the room is filled to capacity
Civil Society Demonstrations
On 'Change Wednesday,' Sustaina Claus calls on delegates to 'smile, change, and unplug' to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), hoping COP 24 will deliver a Christmas miracle
Members of the Women and Gender constituency demonstrate in the hallway, calling for an end to the rise of "macho-fascism" rooted in the political world and "choking" the Paris Agreement's ambition on climate action
Participants in the action call for all people to rise up for gender and climate justice
In an action organised by the Earth Council, civil society participants hold a slow-motion flashmob in the main lobby, saying that negotiations are moving too slowly and reminding delegates that urgent action is needed to address climate change
Around the Venue
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa speaks with Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President
Zitouni Ould-Dada, Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO), speaks with SBSTA Chair Paul Watkinson, France
Marcin Krupa, Mayor of Katowice, and Tomasz Chruszczow, Special Envoy for Climate Change and High‐level Champion for COP 24, Poland
Franz Perrez, Switzerland, during an interview
Gustavo Fonseca, GEF, speaks with delegates
Seyni Nafo, Mali
Abdullah K. Tawlah, Saudi Arabia
Harjeet Singh, ActionAid
Delegates from the African Group
Delegates between sessions
Greta Thunberg, Swedish youth climate activist
Coal on display at the Poland exhibition
Products made from coal on display


Negotiating blocs
African Group
Non-state coalitions
Business and Industry