Climate Voices

December 17, 2018
By: Climate Generation

Your Window Into COP24: December 17

Crowd at Talanoa Dialogue panel
Nations agreed late Saturday night on the Paris Agreement rulebook to curb global emissions and tackle climate change.

It’s official! The 156-page rulebook for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement is written and agreed upon by more than 190 participating countries. These rules will dictate how countries tackle climate change action beginning in 2020 and beyond. Climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete from the EU stated his view of the outcome:

“We have a system of transparency, we have a system of reporting, we have rules to measure our emissions, we have a system to measure the impacts of our policies compared to what science recommends.”

Every participating country, whether developed or developing, is expected to follow the same standard for measuring emissions and tracking climate policies. The rulebook also expects richer countries to spell out the financial support they will offer to assist poorer nations as they navigate the clean energy transition and build resilience against natural disasters. Now, country representatives will go home and devise how they plan to ramp up their pledges to cut carbon emissions before the 2020 conference, COP26.

The rulebook is more comprehensive than many expected to come out of the conference amidst the running theme of coal throughout the talks and tense political debates. Yet, not everyone is pleased with the outcome. The voices of young people, indigenous groups, vulnerable communities, and people of civil society are saying it doesn’t go far enough to connect the science the IPCC report communicated — that we have 12 years to cut carbon pollution in half to avoid the global temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius — with the necessary requirement and accountability for action now.

Following the argument between Parties on whether the rulebook would “welcome” the IPCC report or simply “note” it, the final document only “welcomes” the “timely completion” of it which doesn’t truly acknowledge the content of it at all. Yet, the negotiators, environmental ministers, and scientists know that moving parts beyond the Paris Agreement rulebook will be responsible for curbing emissions and transitioning our society to renewable energy.

“Climate change is a complicated problem,” said Catherine McKenna, Canada’s environment minister, “and it’s not going to be solved by national governments alone.”

Thank you for following along with us during the historic COP24 negotiations! You can read through our delegation’s blogs and re-watch the webinars to relive any part of the experience you may have missed.

Don’t forget to join us this Wednesday, December 19 for our Post COP24 Panel with our delegates. Tune in at 4 p.m. CST to the live stream, or attend in person at the Institute on the Environment in St. Paul, MN.

Climate Generation Delegation Blogs

Read through our delegation’s daily blogs as they witnessed the COP24 negotiations.

You can also check out student blogs from youth delegates who represented the School of Environmental Studies at COP24. Don’t forget to check out our COP Educator Toolkit.

Join Us: Post COP24 Panel

Don’t miss our post-COP24 panel, this Wednesday, on December 19, 4 to 5 p.m. CST, at the Institute on the Environment featuring our Minnesota delegates as they reflect on the Katowice Climate Talks. Attend in person or tune in digitally through our live webcast.


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