Bangkok Climate Change Conference opens
The resumed sessions of the UNFCCC’s subsidiary bodies and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement opened in Bangkok amid strong calls for progress.
At the resumed sessions of the climate change conference, negotiators from some 190 countries will focus on developing the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The guidelines are needed to provide guidance on how to implement the agreement and to see transparently how countries are progressing in their actions.
All speakers strongly urged negotiators to step up the pace of their work and to move towards negotiating texts that capture clear options on the implementation guidelines that can swiftly be finalized and adopted in Katowice. This is crucial given the deadline that countries set for themselves to complete this work at COP24 this year.
Executive Secretary Espinosa stated that COP24 was now right around the corner. “We are working against the clock. We must now complete the heavy lifting and we must do it rapidly. UN Climate Change stands ready to assist countries,” she said.