Representatives from across the world gathered in Katowice, Poland, for the 24th Conference of Parties (COP24) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They set the course for action on climate change by discussing the implementation plan for the 2015 Paris Agreement which aims to coordinate international effort to reducing global warming with the target of at 1.5°C.
While negotiators and observers breathed a sigh of relief that COP24 delegates managed to reach an agreement that will keep the Paris Agreement on climate change on track, many also acknowledged that the rules now in place are a far cry from what will be required to prevent dangerous climate change and help vulnerable countries adapt.
Every country had its expectation and position paper; Kenya, and Africa in particular, expected Katowice climate talks to come up with a strong decision on issues like ‘loss and damage’ to protect vulnerable communities at the frontlines. A section of stakeholders accused developed countries of blocking any link between loss and damage and finance, right across the guidelines.
The Katowice Package confirmed that whatever the cost, the climate action burden will be borne by the world’s poor, rather than those responsible –The rich countries, who have abandoned their moral and legal obligations yet again!
It is in connection with this that Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) will hold a one-day workshop to engage participants on the key outcomes of COP24 especially on the agreed rules to implement the Paris Agreement that will come into effect in 2020.The workshop will also interrogate the overall Country performance at COP24, the Outcomes and implications to the country and Africa in the short and long-term.
This one day workshop will take place in Nairobi and is expected to bring together all stakeholders in the climate discourse, government, academia and Non state actors.