The UN climate summits, so called COP (Conference of the Parties) are global conferences, in the course of which action for climate policy is negotiated. Poland hosted them twice - in 2008, in Poznań and in 2013, in Warsaw. In December 2018, for the first time, the climate summit will take place in Katowice.
This year's summit will include: 24.Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24), 14.Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 14) and the Conference of Signatories to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1).
About 20 thousand people from 190 countries will take part in the event, including politicians, representatives of non-governmental organizations, scientific community and business sector.
This year’s COP is particularly crucial because 2018 is the deadline that the signatories of the Paris Agreement agreed upon in order to adopt a work programme for the implementation of the Paris Commitments.
The European Commission has published a fact sheet to answer the main questions about COP24:
- What will happen at COP24?
- What are the EU's expectations for COP24?
- What is the EU doing to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions?
- How does the Paris Agreement ensure countries deliver on their commitments?
- What does the Paris Agreement mean for the EU's contribution to climate finance for developing countries before 2020?
- How does the Paris Agreement address adaptation and loss and damage associated with the impacts of climate change?
- What is the role for business and other non-state actors and how can the Global Climate Action Agenda be strengthened?