The Katowice Climate Change Conference continued on Tuesday, shifting from the high-level statements delivered on Monday into detailed negotiations. Many informal consultations met to discuss issues related to the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP), which is slated for completion at this meeting. The issues discussed included:
Guidance on the mitigation section of nationally determined contributions;
Global stocktake; and
On some of these issues, parties identified the need for guidance by heads of delegation. A meeting of the heads of delegation took place in the late afternoon.
During a special event to unpack the new scientific knowledge and key findings in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee outlined the report’s findings:
climate change is already affecting people, livelihoods, and ecosystems worldwide;
limiting warming to 1.5°C is not impossible but would require unprecedented transitions in all sectors of society;
there are clear benefits to keeping warming to 1.5°C rather than 2°C or higher; and
limiting warming to 1.5°C can have co-benefits for achieving other global goals.
The COP 24 Presidency announced the Driving Change Together – Katowice Partnership for Electromobility declaration and the associated partnership between Poland and the UK. Several speakers at the event underscored the importance of decarbonizing the transport sector as crucial to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
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