Poland's Deputy Environment Minister, Michal Kurtyka, chairing the conference, called on attempts by nearly 200 nations to use the time…
Poland’s Deputy Environment Minister, Michal Kurtyka, chairing the conference, called on attempts by nearly 200 nations to use the time between Sunday and December 14 to make progress in completing the 2015 agreement in Paris.
“We are here to enable the world to act together on climate change,” he said. With further meetings next year meant to build on what was decided in Katowice, Kurtyka urged all countries to “show creativity and flexibility”.
“The UN Secretary-General expects us to deliver,” he added. “There is no Plan B.”
World Bank Group said on Monday that it is double funding for poor countries that prepare climate change to $ 200 billion over five years. It is said that about $ 50 billion will be devoted to climate impact, an acknowledgment that some negative effects of global warming can no longer be avoided, but require a change in practice.
The location of the COP24 conference in Katowice, Poland.  KACPER PEMPEL / Reuters
The meeting, known as COP24, increased during the weekend when 19 major economists at the G20 summit confirmed their commitment to the Paris agreement. The only attitude was the United States, who announced under President Donald Trump that it is withdrawing from the climate pact.
“Despite geopolitical instability, the climate impact is strong,” said Christiana Figueres, a former head of the United Nations climate office.
“It is sad that US federal government, a country that is increasingly aware of climate change, continues to refuse to listen to science’s objective voice in climate change,
While the United States is withdrawing from the climate pact , the State Department said sending a delegation to the Katowice conference.
The Katowice meeting is considered to be a key test of the countries’ willingness to return their high but far-reaching targets with concrete measures, some of which have already been hit by hard protests. The agenda is the so-called Paris Rule Book, which will determine how governments register and report their greenhouse gas emissions and efforts to cut them.
Separately, negotiators will discuss the country’s national emission targets by 2020 and financial support for poor countries struggling to adapt to climate change.
The shift from fossil fuels, as researchers say must happen in 2050, are expected to require a comprehensive review of world economies.
“The good news is that we know a lot about what we need to do to get there,” says David Waskow from the World Resources Institute.