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Katowice Agreement

Towards the end of the first week, Kelley Kizzier, co-host of the discussions, said at a secondary event: “I think we`re starting to see some landing zones [for the deal], but it`s still bubbling.” In the end, this should not be the case and the whole section has been deferred to COP25. The agreement reached at COP24 is the result of in-depth technical discussions and political compromises. Katowice`s legislation covers the following topics: Mitigation – A compromise text has been drawn up on the issue of mitigation, taking into account the common interests of developing and developed countries. This text builds on the strong commitments that the “supposed” discourse has made with regard to the necessary information (ICTU) and the principles for monitoring the progress of national contributions (NDC). The text of the decision contains detailed requirements for communication and monitoring of the progress made by the NDCs, which apply to all contracting parties. Commitments depend on the nature of the NPNs and not on the level of development of the country concerned. The creation of a common communication and progress monitoring platform for CNN will allow for a better understanding and aggregation of NDCs. Polish negotiators have finally agreed on a series of measures that will implement the Paris climate pact by 2020. She said countries like Russia – which had refused to ratify the Paris agreement because it was unsure of the rules – could no longer use that excuse. It was also agreed that the commitments should cover a “common timetable” from 2031, the number of years to be agreed at a later date. Some current commitments cover five years, while others cover 10 years.

At present, the plans presented by countries under the Paris Agreement are not close to what a delegate from a climate-vulnerable country describes as “grossly inadequate”. With regard to the examination of the positions of nearly 200 parties, it is not easy to reach agreement on such a complex and technical document. In these circumstances, every step forward has been a great success – said Michael Kurtyka, President of COP24. While critics have argued that more could have been done to speed up the implementation of the climate change plan, proponents say the agreement is a major step forward in allowing the rules to be used by 2020. David Waskow of the World Resources Institute said the agreement was “a good basis for countries to implement the Paris agreement,” adding: “There is the direction of the trip and it will encourage countries to act.