After decades of negotiations, the Paris Climate Agreement finally created an internationally agreed framework for the fight against climate change with contributions by all countries. From 2 to 14 December, the international community gathered at the twenty-fourth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Katowice to further advance the implementation of the Agreement.
The Paris Agreement broke down some historic barriers to ambitious climate policy. However, the rules on how to implement the Agreement must still be completed. COP24 in Katowice is supposed to adopt these rules, e.g. on how to make the efforts of countries transparent and traceable.
The Wuppertal Institute has been observing the UN climate process from the beginning and will publish an assessment of the conference soon after its close. The Wuppertal Institute presented its research in numerous side events and discuss effective ways for implementing the Paris Agreement. In 2018, events included the "Silesia Climate Lounge", a series of events which the Wuppertal Institute was organised together with the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the EnergyAgency.NRW, the Polish Voivodeship Silesia and the French region Hauts-de-France. In addition, there were be numerous side events on more detailed topics where Wuppertal Institute staff provided inputs at the COP24.
The Wuppertal Institute publishes an analytical report after each COP. The reports published since 2001 can be downloaded below.
Further publications by the Wuppertal Institute on current international climate policy issues can be found on the global climate governance page.
The increase in weather extremes and the associated damage show us very clearly that it is high time to implement the objectives of the Paris Agreement. The necessary technologies are at our disposal and are more cost-effective than ever, as the example of the solar cells demonstrates.
Here you find publications on UN Climate Change Conferences.