Currently the world is looking to Katowice, Poland: the 24th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) started there on 2 December 2018. Until 14 December 2018, the negotiations will focus primarily on agreeing the detailed rules that are still missing for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Furthermore, the conference needs to urge the individual countries to commit themselves to make more ambitious contributions to climate protection. "In view of the implementation gap that has been increasing from year to year, it would be best if as many countries as possible brought concrete commitments to the table in Katowice. As a minimum, however, we need countries to submit significantly improved contributions over the next two years," says Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick, Vice-President of the Wuppertal Institute.
Alongside to the negotiations, numerous events on key future issues will take place at and on the fringes of the World Climate Conference: With the "Silesia Climate Lounge" event series, the Wuppertal Institute's Global Climate Governance team, together with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the EnergyAgency.NRW, the Polish Province of Silesia and the French region of Hauts-de-France, addresses key issues of the COP and gives future impulses on the topic of "climate protection and economic development". In the past, the three regions were centres of coal and steel production and are now facing very similar challenges in terms of structural change.
In addition, the Wuppertal Institute is organising a series of side events at COP24 to present its research projects and findings on site and to engage in discussions with delegates and practise partners. These address specific areas that have hitherto been neglected during the climate negotiations, although they are key to implementing the global climate change mitigation targets. Key topics at the side events concentrate on issues such as how reductions in emissions and sustainable development can be promoted at a practical level. The main focuses are on "Climate protection in the industrial sector" and "Pathways to sustainable mobility".
Since the beginning of the UN climate process in the early 1990s, the scientists at the Wuppertal Institute have continuously monitored the negotiations and analysed the results. Shortly after the close of the conference, the Wuppertal Institute will publish an initial evaluation of the outcomes. They will present these outcomes on 19 December 2018 from 12.30 p.m. in Berlin, at the Wuppertal Lunch on the topic of "COP24 in Katowice – from Establishing Rules to their Implementation?". A detailed analytical report will follow in January 2019.
More exciting news about the Conference of the parties can be found on the website of the Wuppertal Institute and in the social media channels under #MakingParisPossible
Let's make Paris possible!
Christin Hasken & Anna Riesenweber