In the last weeks, Katowice, Poland hosted the 24th Conference of Parties (COP24), the yearly session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As most of you know, COPs are essentially the most important yearly event concerning climate change, where fundamental decisions are (or, sometimes, are not…) made by world countries towards global mitigation action. Hence, a post on this topic is mandatory (here the link to the post dedicated to last year’s COP23 in Bonn).
The overarching objective of this year’s conference was essentially to agree on most of the rules necessary to the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Specifically, the conference website reported these three areas of interest:
- technology – to show that there are climate-friendly modern solutions, such as electromobility allowing for sustainable urban development, clean air and an opportunity for modern jobs;
- human – emphasizing the need to lead change together with people through the solidarity and fair transformation of regions and industrial sectors;
- nature – including multifunctional and sustainable forest management as part of climate neutrality and the role of forests as greenhouse gas sinks, and support for a synergic view of the three UN key conventions: on climate, on biodiversity and on desertification.
After more than ten days of discussions and negotiations, the conference came to a successful end, with the adoption of the “Katowice Climate Package”: here’s a link to the official UNFCCC press release.