The Katowice Climate Package, adopted at the UN Climate Change Conference COP24 in Katowice last December, constitutes guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The Package sets out the essential procedures and mechanisms that will make the Paris Agreement operational. The successful adoption of implementation guidelines promises to build greater trust and to strengthen international cooperation on transitioning to a low-emissions, climate-resilient world.
The Paris Agreement sets the ambitious goal of limiting global warming to well below 2°C while pursuing efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, if we are to limit warming to 1.5°C we will need to lower our CO2 emissions by about 45% by 2030 (compared to 2010 levels).
Even limiting global warming to 2°C will require nothing less than transitioning to a carbon-neutral economy by the middle of this century – only several decades from now.
The implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement respect the different capabilities and socio-economic realities of each country while providing the foundation for ever-increasing ambition with respect to climate action.
They establish an effective international system for promoting and tracking progress while empowering countries to build national systems for implementing the Agreement.
Functioning together, these systems will enable countries to transparently contribute their share of action for tackling the global challenge of climate change.
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