Highlights and images of main proceedings for 8 December 2018

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Highlights for Saturday, 8 December 2018

Delegates huddle during the SBSTA closing plenary

Posted by IISD Reporting Services on Sunday, 9 December 2018

COP 24 The Katowice Climate Change Conference concluded its first week on Saturday. Each of the subsidiary bodies held their closing plenaries and forwarded work related to the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP) to the COP for further work during the second week of the conference.Decisions for several other issues were finalized and sent for adoption by the COP, CMP, and CMA, including a decision on the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples’ Platform, which establishes a Facilitative Working Group, with equal representation of parties and indigenous peoples.On the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, delegates were unable to agree whether they “welcomed” or “noted” the report. Many countries called attention to how the Special Report outlined the impacts of climate change, and supported the work of the IPCC, urging welcoming the report.As the subsidiary bodies finished their work, Sarah Baashan, Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group for the Paris Agreement (APA) said: "We have seen how a small group of people can achieve a great difference in the fight against global change."Next week, discussions will continue, and many expect the ministers to help make political choices that can unlock persistent disagreements in the PAWP.For more details on the day's events and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB).

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily reports, daily web coverage, and a summary and analysis from the Katowice Climate Change Conference – December 2018.


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APA Contact Group
Delegates during the APA contact group
Beth Lavender, Canada, Co-Facilitator for APA agenda item 4 - adaptation communication
Andrew Rakestraw, US, Co-Facilitator for APA agenda item 5 - transparency framework
Outi Honkatukia, Finland, Co-Facilitator for APA agenda item 6 - global stocktake
Sin Liang Cheah, Singapore, Co-Facilitator for APA agenda item 3 - mitigation
APA Co-Chairs Sarah Baashan, Saudi Arabia, and Jo Tyndall, New Zealand
María del Pilar Bueno, Argentina, Co-Facilitator for APA agenda item 8 - further matters, Adaptation Fund
Janine Coye-Felson, Belize, Co-Facilitator for APA agenda item 7 - committee to facilitate implementation and promote compliance
The draft APA conclusions are distributed in plenary
Delegates read the draft APA conclusions
The final APA family photo
Informal Consultations throughout the Day
Informal consultations on further matters - Adaptation Fund (APA item 8)
Contact group on matters relating to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) (CMP agenda item 4)
Family photo of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement
SBI Closing Plenary
SBI Chair Emmanuel Dlamini, eSwatini, convenes the SBI closing plenary
SBI Chair Emmanuel Dlamini, eSwatini
Ovais Sarmad, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary
SBSTA Closing Plenary
SBSTA Chair Paul Watkinson, France, convenes the SBSTA closing plenary
SBSTA Chair Paul Watkinson, France
Catherine Stewart, Canada
Ayman Shasly, Saudi Arabia
Delegates huddle during the meeting
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa and members of the UNFCCC Secretariat
Delegates from Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation
Delegates huddle
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa
Francois Paulette, Indigenous Peoples
Ian Fry, Tuvalu
Representatives of the Indigenous Peoples sing at the conclusion of the SBSTA closing plenary
Joint Plenary of SBI, SBSTA, and APA
View of the dais during plenary
Gebru Jember Endalew, Ethiopia, speaking on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs)
Amjad Abdulla, Maldives, speaking on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)
Patrick Suckling, Australia, speaking on behalf of the Umbrella Group
Jacob Werksman, EU
Wael Aboulmagd, Egypt, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China
Martine Badibang Kamunga, Democratic Republic of the Congo, speaking on behalf of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN)
Laura Juliana Arciniegas Rojas, Colombia, speaking on behalf of the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC)
APA Co-Chairs Sarah Baashan, Saudi Arabia, and Jo Tyndall, New Zealand, gavel the APA to a close for the last time
The 'Fabulous Four' - SBSTA Chair Paul Watkinson, France, SBI Chair Emmanuel Dlamini, eSwatini, and APA Co-Chairs Sarah Baashan, Saudi Arabia, and Jo Tyndall, New Zealand
COP Plenary
View of the dais during the COP Plenary
Civil Society Climate Change Protest in Katowice
Security presence outside the COP 24 venue
Approximately 3,000 demonstrators take to the streets of Katowice to demand political actions that prevent temperatures rising by more than 1.5°C
Around the Venue
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa and Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President, walk through the venue
Marcela Main Sancha, Secretary to the COP
Patrick Suckling, Australia, speaks with delegates
Stella Gama, Malawi, speaks with delegates from Saudi Arabia
Yungratna Srivastava, Youth NGOs (YOUNGOs), speaks with Trigg Talley, US
APA Co-Chair Jo Tyndall, New Zealand
Delegates from Fiji
Xiang Gao, China
Delegates from Europe
Seyni Nafo, Mali, during an interview
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President, and Alex Saier, UNFCCC Secretariat, during a press conference
Around the Japanese Pavilion

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