COP23 video: What needs to happen by COP24 to keep the Paris Agreement on track?

Rachel Cleetus, lead economist, Union of Concerned Scientists. Credit: Jocelyn Timperley/Carbon Brief.

Carbon Brief has been talking to a range of people attending COP23, the latest annual round of international climate negotiations being held this year in Bonn, Germany.

A large proportion of the talks has been focused on making progress across a range of issues before the next COP, which is due to be held in Katowice, Poland.

These include finalising the format of the “Talanoa dialogue”, the new Fijian name for the collective stocktake (or “facilitative dialogue”) scheduled for 2018 to allow countries to assess their progress towards meeting the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Carbon Brief asked delegates what they thought needs to happen by COP24 to maintain the momentum of the Paris Agreement.

The video above contains the thoughts of…

Lidy Nacpil, coordinator of the Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development: “The rich countries must deliver on climate finance…reduce their use of fossil fuels.” (0:00-1:17)

Joanna Read, UK Youth Climate Coalition: “Everyone needs to step up and actually do the work on the ground.” (1:18-2:12)

Rachel Cleetus, lead economist at the Union of Concerned Scientists’ climate and energy programme: “We’re still not seeing the ambition and neither are we seeing the level of finance required.” (2:13-3:11)

Carlos Rittl, executive secretary of the Climate Observatory in Brazil: “We need a good draft of the rulebook for the Paris Agreement and, also, with significant additional climate finance. It is critical to provide assurances to the most vulnerable countries.” (3:12-4:19)

Li Shuo, senior climate and energy officer at Greenpeace China: “Hopefully, some of the technical issue [on the Paris rulebook] can be concluded by this time next year in Poland…And we need a robust arrangement for the [Talanoa dialogue].” (4:20- 5:44]

Jacqueline Amongin, representative for Uganda at the Pan African Parliament: “It is important that climate change is a key priority at parliaments – we should be addressing agriculture, water, migration, all issues.” (5:45-6:53)

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of the climate and energy practice at WWF International and the COP20 president: “We need the Talanoa dialogue by this time next year as a way to define how well the countries are advancing in achieving their targets.” (6:54-7:50)

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