Climate change: making the Paris agreement work. Briefing with High-Level Climate Champion Tomasz Chruszczow  

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Six months ahead of the UNFCCC COP24 in Katowice, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) invites you to take part in a policy briefing on the state of play of the climate negotiations and the progress made on the modalities and guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The so-called “Paris rulebook" is to be finalised and adopted in Katowice. Discussions will also include the role of regions and cities as key non-state actors in the framework of the UNFCCC governance.

This event is designed for climate experts ad specialised press. It will be held two weeks ahead of the high-level political debate on climate governance that the CoR will host during its plenary session 4-5 July. EU's assembly of cities and regions will also adopt its opinion on COP24 during the July plenary.

Tomasz Chruszczow, High-Level Climate Champion and Special Envoy for Environment of the Polish Government will provide first-hand insights on the current state of play of the climate negotiations and the potential bottlenecks Parties are facing to reach an agreement on the implementation of the Paris agreement, due in Katowice.

Yvon Slingenberg, Director for International and Mainstreaming and Policy Coordination, DG Climate Action, European Commission, will share the concerns and expectations of the EU delegation on COP24 and the implementation of the Paris agreement.

The session will be moderated by CoR member Andrew Cooper (EA/UK).

Programme:

10:00 – 10:05      Welcome by Mr. Andrew Cooper, CoR rapporteur on Climate governance after 2020: a European and global perspective – a contribution to the UNFCCC COP24.

10:05 – 10:20      Mr. Tomasz Chruszczow, High-Level Climate Champion:  State of play of the preparations to the UNCCC COP24 in Katowice

10:20 – 10:35     Ms. Yvon Slingenberg, Director for International and Mainstreaming and Policy  Coordination, DG Climate Action

10:35 – 11:30    Discussion with audience

​Background

At the COP 21, governments agreed to mobilise more ambitious climate action to ensure that the objectives of the Paris Agreement are achieved, namely, to limit global temperature rise this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. UN Parties agreed to appoint two high-level climate champions in order to better connect the efforts of state and non-state actors in tackling global warming and boost cooperative action between national governments and regional authorities, cities, business investors and citizens. 

The two first climate champions were Hakima El Haite, Delegate Minister in Charge of Environment, Morocco, and French Ambassador Laurence Tubiana, (hosting COP21 and COP22 respectively). At COP22, they launched the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action which provides a working framework and organises actions across seven thematic areas: land use, water, oceans and coastal zones, energy, industry, human settlements and transport.

The Polish presidency of COP24 has appointed Tomasz Chruszczow as High-Level Climate Champion. A key function of UN Climate Champions is to channel back to national governments the pledges of non-state actors such as Local and Regional Authorities including that of setting up inclusive climate governance to put the Paris agreement into practice.  


 


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Organizer: European Committee of the Regions