UNFCCC Katowice Climate Package: Making The Paris Agreement Work For All

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When delegates adopted the 2015 Paris Agreement to widespread cheers and excitement, it was clear that further details needed to be negotiated on how the agreement would be implemented transparently and fairly for all. Countries set a deadline for themselves to complete these negotiations on the implementation guidelines in 2018 at COP24.

Against the backdrop of rising global emissions and multiplying signs of climate change such as wild fires, droughts and storms, countries began negotiating in 2016. “Recognizing the urgency, governments overcame difficult political and complex technical issues to agree the Katowice Climate Package at COP24,” said the UNs Climate Chief, Patricia Espinosa.

..The Katowice outcome is a complex package, achieved through in-depth technical discussions and political compromise and containing operational guidance on:

  • the information about domestic mitigation and other climate goals and activities that governments will provide in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs);
  • how to communicate about efforts to adapt to climate impacts;
  • the rules for functioning of the Transparency Framework, which will show to the world what countries are doing about climate change;
  • establishment of a committee to facilitate implementation of the Paris Agreement and promote compliance with the obligations undertaken under the Agreement;
  • how to conduct the Global Stocktake of overall progress towards the aims of the Paris Agreement;
  • how to assess progress on the development and transfer of technology;
  • how to provide advance information on financial support to developing countries and the process for establishing new targets on finance from 2025 onwards.