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Tuesday December 11th, 2018

COP24: Delivering Katowice climate talks like ‘solving a 3D jigsaw’ says Christian Aid

As ministers meet at the UN climate summit in Poland to discuss ramping up emissions reduction plans, Christian Aid warns the outcome will determine the success of these talks.
 
Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid’s International Climate Lead, said: “When the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015 we knew the pledges contained in it didn’t add up to stopping climate change.  The Paris Agreement as it stands now, only gets us to a world between 2.7 and 3.5 degrees Celsius of global warming, much higher than the agreement’s goal of 1.5. The process to bridge this gap is the Talanoa Dialogue which is why it’s such a vital part of these talks.
 
“No outcome here in Katowice will be acceptable without countries agreeing to review and strengthen their pledges by 2020.  The recent IPCC report showed that we don’t have the luxury of time, we need to start to close the gap now.
 
“The danger is that the Polish presidency is letting the Talanoa Dialogue turn into nothing more than a talking shop. This would be a travesty for the world’s most vulnerable people.”
 
“He added: “Delivering a successful outcome in Katowice is like solving a three-dimensional jigsaw. It has three parts, the Paris rulebook, finance for poor countries and renewed emissions reductions.
 
“Like an African stool, it doesn’t work if one of the legs is missing.” 
 
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