COP24 Report by Wellington Mthobisi Sibanda
The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) opened on Sunday with countries set to take a big step on the way to turning the Paris agreement into reality. As COP24 focuses on how to advance climate efforts in light of new science, the Talanoa Dialogue and submission held throughout the year took account of the progress to date in addressing climate change –and the difficult challenges ahead in delivering the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 2C, with efforts to pursue 1.5C.
The Paris Agreement Rulebook will set a foundation for enhancing ambition, particularly in the area of international cooperation through market approaches. Calls have been made that COP24 should finalise and adopt the Paris Agreement Rulebook, building on the outcomes from the previous meetings and bringing to a close the process started right after the adoption of the Paris Agreement. While the Paris Agreement defined a new trend in climate thinking, Katowice Rulebook is expected to develop tools to implement its finding said COP24 President Michal Kurtyka, he further mentioned that we need rules, transparent, implementable and the system of support for the road they asked to take. Just like the global community needs the right global policy environment to move forward with its climate action.
Act Alliance held a stunt during lunch time near the entrance to zone B where we shared our call to stop the earth’s temperature from rising to “act now for climate justice”. We urgently need action to keep global temperature rise below 1.5C, and create a just and safe Earth for all!
Delegates were invited to read the following text
To increase a safe and just Earth for all we need:
- Climate finance that is based on principles of transparency, fairness and solidarity.
- Climate finance that is new, not rebranded developmental aid.
- That doesn’t create a climate debt.
- Climate finance to be provided immediately.
- Gender Justice to be at the heart of climate discussion and applied at the local, national, regional, global levels.
- For adaptation to remain the key pillar for climate action.
- National Adaption Plans that are rights-based.
- New forms of Climate to address the needs of Loss and Damage.
- A rule book with the ambition to keep Global warming below 1.5 degree.
- A rule book that enhances transparency and accountability particularly of finance and mitigation action.
- A rule book that builds trust and confidence among countries. The poorest and most vulnerable countries must be provided with financial support to develop and implement strategies, including technological transfer and cooperation.
Sustainable energy for all by 2030. Decentralised renewable energy is the key to achieving this.
Download the schedule here.