The Talanoa Dialogue aims is to find practical and local solutions for how countries can increase their ambition in the next round of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which describe their individual efforts to reduce national emissions.
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UN climate change conference COP 24:
The annual UN climate change conference (COP24) opened in the Polish city of Katowice on December 3, 2018 with the goal of finalising the implementation guidelines for the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
During COP24, the Polish Presidency plans to focus its attention on three key topics:
- 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.
Vision for COP24:
Adopting a decision ensuring full implementation of the Paris Agreement:
- Specifically, the parties involved in the conference will strengthen international cooperation by ensuring that national contributions to the global effort are transparent, responsibility is shared fairly and progress on reducing emissions and building resilience can be accurately measured.
Meeting the 1.5C target:
- The conference is being held hot on the heels of the Global Warming of 1.5C report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as well as a cascade of UN and other reports on increasing greenhouse gas concentrations and emissions and on health and other serious impacts.
- COP24 will also conclude the year-long, Fiji-led Talanoa Dialogue, the first-ever international conversation of its kind to assess progress towards the goals of the Paris Agreement, including the goal of limiting global temperature increases.
- One of the dialogue’s aims is to find practical and local solutions for how countries can increase their ambition in the next round of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which describe their individual efforts to reduce national emissions.
- During the high-level event that will conclude the Talanoa Dialogue, ministers will consider the IPCC’s 1.5 degree Celsius report and its relevance in the context of future actions.
- India said the Paris climate agreement was ‘non-negotiable’ and there could be no compromise on the basic principles such as equity and Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities (CBDR-RC).
- India and the other developing countries strongly resisted their move, citing the historical responsibility of the developed nations in emitting carbon dioxide, contributing to global warming.