IETA COP24 Report
Katowice, 3 December - Greetings from chilly Poland! The final touches have been put to the venue and work got underway on Sunday in the plenaries to make sure COP24 gets off to a running start.
It's only Monday, but already some decisions have been taken. In particular, the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) decided to postpone the agenda item "Review of modalities and procedures for the Clean Development Mechanism" until the 50th meeting of SBI next year.
Discussions over the future of the CDM and JI have been delayed since COP22 in Marrakech, as negotiators wait to see how the talks on transitioning the mechanisms into Article 6.4 of the Paris Agreement progress.
There were a number of procedural interventions in Sunday's opening plenary, one of which means that the annual reports to COP from ICAO and IMO will not be made this year.
While Monday was given over to the ceremonial opening of the COP, the Presidency set aside a number of rooms for informal consultations among Parties on the full range of agenda items, including"matters relating to Article 6 of the Paris Agreement".
There was a notable intervention from the Presidents of the five previous COPs, in which Laurent FABIUS (COP21), Frank Bainimarama (COP23), Salaheddine Mezouar (COP22), Manuel Pulgar Vidal (COP20) and Marcin Korolec (COP19) called on the Polish presidency "to send an unequivocal message from Katowice for enhanced ambition by 2020 that puts the world on a trajectory compatible with the objectives of the Paris Agreement."
IETA staff are already busy communicating our positions to delegates and making sure business' voice is heard. You can read all about our positions for COP24 and Article 6 in particular on our COP24 webpage, or in our Business Hub Program Guide - copies are available at Business Hub.
Our side events kick off on Tuesday with three sessions at the IETA Business Hub: at 1130 CET, Jane Hupe from ICAO, Yue Huang of IATA, and Katerina Kolaciova of Vertis Environmental Finance will discuss whether governments, airlines and markets are ready for CORSIA.
At 1300 CET, the European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition (ERCCST) will host a briefing and discussion on the implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. We'll be joined by negotiators Martin Hession of the EU, Anshari Rahman of Singapore, Kay Harrison of New Zealand, Mandy Rambharos of South Africa and Mbaye Diagne of Senegal, who will offer their perspective on how cooperative approaches may be elaborated in the Paris Rulebook.
Finally, at 1800 CET, ERCCST will host a discussion on Article 4.15 of the Paris Agreement, which covers the forum on the economic impact of response measures on Parties, particularly developing countries.
In addition to these events, the daily BINGO briefing takes place in the Wisla side-event room at 0900 CET, where observers from the various business organisations will update you on the progress of the talks and of any items of interest.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Business Hub in the coming days. You can find us in Hall H at the COP grounds, close to the side-event rooms.