COP24 adopts rules for Paris Agreement

COP24 adopts rules for Paris Agreement

COP24 adopts rules for Paris Agreement

"It delivers what we need to get the Paris Agreement off the ground".

Meena Raman of Third World Network (TWN) said "it looks like United States writings is everywhere in the text".

The 2015 accord set a target of keeping average global temperatures from rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 Fahrenheit, but the details were not included at the time.

He added: "We will all have to give in order to gain".

There has been compromise in some areas, such as tweaking language to recognize the importance of a report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on limiting global warming to 1.5C, which caused rifts last week.

A rift last week over how to express the importance of a United Nations commissioned report on keeping global warming within a 1.5 degrees Celsius limit appears to have been calmed, with language changed to "note" rather than "welcome" the report.

During the two weeks of talks in Katowice - in the mining region of Silesia, a focus on the fossil fuel industry provided an unwelcome distraction for some countries and environmental groups which want to focus on cleaner energy. "But the fact countries had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the finish line shows that some nations have not woken up to the urgent call of the IPCC report" on the dire consequences of global warming. It warned that if the world warmed to even 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, hundreds of millions of people would face unsafe climate-related risks by 2050, and 99 percent of the world's coral reefs would be wiped out. "I represent a billion of the people who are most hurt by climate change", he said.

The final decision text was repeatedly delayed as negotiators sought guidelines that could ward off the worst threats posed by the heating planet while protecting the economies of rich and poor nations alike.

The concerns of developing nations including India and least developed nations on funding for carbon credit were finally addressed.

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The rules for carbon emissions trading remain a key sticking point.

"The outcome on dialogue also recalls the commitment of developed country Parties to a goal of mobilizing jointly Dollars 100 billion per year by 2020".

"Ministers are still in bilateral talks because of Brazil's position", a negotiator said.

United Nations Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, reading a statement on behalf of the U.N. Secretary-General, spoke bluntly about the need for countries to move more quickly to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Delegates from nearly 200 countries have agreed to a global climate change rulebook which would put the landmark Paris Climate treaty into action.

Trump announced previous year that the pulling out of the Paris climate accord unless he can get a better deal - a possibility that others such as the European Union and China have dismissed.

They claimed that the basic principles of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) such as equity and Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities (CBDRRC) and matters agreed in the Paris accord, including on finance, have not been reflected in the draft text.

"If we let entire stretches of this planet become uninhabitable, then it will trigger huge costs", Schulze told reporters, adding that developing technology to lower emissions would give Germany a competitive economic advantage.

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