The busy picture of international climate change negotiations – October 2018

By Lidia Wojtal Roughly one month before the start of the next climate summit in Poland, Katowice, the incoming Polish COP24 Presidency organised a Pre-COP. This high-level political meeting is a traditional introduction to the climatic “hot” time of the year which ends with the last day of the summit. But there is more to the picture: apart from the IPCC’s 1.5°C Special Report, the streamlined parts of the negotiated rulebook text have already been published, and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board had its meeting. Let’s see what kind of new information about these elements we can squeeze into October’s picture. The rulebook (aka Paris Agreement Work Programme) On 15 October the Chairs of th

The EU and its COP24 negotiating position

By Lidia Wojtal On 9 October the European Union (EU) adopted its mandate for negotiations at the COP24*/CMP14/CMA1 climate summit in Katowice, Poland (COP24). This mandate takes the form of the so-called "ENVI Council conclusions" and contains political guidelines for all the EU Member States (MS) and the European Commission. These guidelines are to be followed by the EU at every step of the international negotiations - before and during the summit itself. But what does this actually mean and how will it function, and what was the crunch point of the talks? The actors and the procedure Responsibility for environmental issues, including climate policy, is shared between the EU MS and the EU,

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