Progress Urged As Bangkok Climate Talks Open To Prepare Paris Agreement Implementation
Bangkok, 3 September 2018 - Against the backdrop of severe and record heatwaves, bushfires, droughts and floods across the world, governments are
convening a supplementary meeting in Bangkok to prepare the implementation guidelines of the Paris Climate Change Agreement
. The guidelines are needed to make the Paris Agreement work fairly and transparently for all.
Following a two-year negotiation process, the implementation guidelines are set to be adopted at the annual climate
conference, COP24, to be held in Katowice, Poland in December.
While the talks have made modest progress, the Bangkok meeting is the last opportunity before COP24 to accelerate
“Building on progress made, countries now need to take a decisive step forward in preparing the ambitious and balanced
outcome that we need in Katowice,” Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, said at a press conference
on Monday 3 September.
Reaching success at COP24 will be challenging without the preparation of an official negotiating text on the
“It will be critical for negotiators in Bangkok to produce solid text-based output that can function as the basis for
the concluding negotiations in Katowice and be turned into the final implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement at
COP24. The texts capturing progress to date are not yet refined enough for this purpose,” Ms. Espinosa said.
“With only six additional days for negotiations in Bangkok, UN Climate Change is carefully coordinating demands to fully
support countries in their important task,” she added.
Highly technical in nature, the implementation guidelines are needed to monitor progress on climate action. Such action
includes measures to deal with climate impacts such as droughts or floods and urgent support to enable developing
countries to contribute to climate action.
They are also essential for determining whether emissions are being reduced at an ambitious rate to achieve the Paris
Agreement’s goal of limiting the global temperature increase to well below 2°C, and as close to 1.5 °C as possible this
century. Importantly, the guidelines are also needed to make the agreement’s institutions fully operational beyond
“Every year, the impacts of climate change are getting worse. This means that every year, the poorest and most
vulnerable, who have contributed almost nothing to the problem, suffer more,” Ms. Espinosa underlined.
“Completing the operational aspects of the Paris Agreement and unlocking practical climate actions by putting in place
the implementation guidelines represents a key opportunity for the multilateral process and society at large to address
a global problem, while leaving nobody behind,” she stressed.
A host of upcoming events in the period before COP24 are a clear indication that not only many economic actors, but also
civil society, cities and regions are looking to accelerate climate action. More and more of these actors are aligning
their strategic visions with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
“Governments clearly lead the climate change process. But they alone can’t rise to the challenge and need the support of
all these actors. This is slowly leading to a new, more inclusive multilateralism to deal with climate change, which is
increasingly becoming evident,” said Ms. Espinosa.
The 2018 Climate Weeks in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco in
mid-September and Climate Week in New York towards the end of September, to name a few, are all events that rally both
governments and non-Party stakeholders around climate change.
“These events clearly demonstrate global momentum. They show that the world is ready to implement the Paris Agreement in
the way world leaders envisaged in Paris in 2015,” Ms. Espinosa stated.
Watch Ms. Espinosa's full press conference here
About the UNFCCC
With 197 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and
is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep a global
average temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature
increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the
1997 Kyoto Protocol. The ultimate objective of all agreements under the UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas
concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system, in a
time frame which allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development.
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