Countries Inch Forward On Paris Agreement Implementation As Bangkok Climate Talks Close
Bangkok, 9 September - Amid growing calls for urgent and strong climate change action, the supplementary Bangkok Climate Change Talks closed today with uneven progress on the guidelines that will tell the world how to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The implementation guidelines are needed to unlock transparent and practical climate action across the globe.
The implementation guidelines have been under negotiation since 2016 and are set to be adopted at the annual climate change conference, COP24, to be held in Katowice, Poland in December.
“In Bangkok, there has been uneven progress on the elements of the climate change regime that countries are working towards,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change.
Countries have been grappling with how to reflect the contributions and responsibilities of developed and developing countries given their different national circumstances.
Of key concern are items that relate to transparently and regularly communicating actions, as well as how to achieve full clarity on climate finance now and in the long-term.