COP 24 - UN Climate Change Conference

Sunday 2 December 2018 - Friday 14 December 2018

Katowice, Poland

The Katowice Climate Change Conference will include the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24). The conference will finalize the rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement as well as feature high-level talks, presentations and discussions from participants worldwide.

Dr Carol Turley OBE, Professor Steve Widdicombe and Thecla Keizer from PML are attending the event as well as Dr Sophie Seeyave from POGO. The side events PML are involved in are listed below, you can also view the full details about the event and the programme here.


Side events lead by PML

Tuesday 4 December

The Ocean and Climate: the evidence unwrapped - 10:00-11:15, WWF Pavilion           
Oceans are undergoing rapid change due to increasing CO2 emissions, with ocean warming, acidification, deoxygenation and sea-level rise identified as serious risks to marine ecosystems and subsequent impact on society. Experts will focus on how the ocean is mitigating climate change on land but at a cost, announce new initiatives and make recommendations for sustainable development. 

Chapter 3 of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C  - 11.30-13.00, IPCC Pavilion
Panellists will present and discuss the key findings of Chapter 3 of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, which covers impacts on natural and human systems.
Enhancing ocean and climate observing in developing nations using low-cost technologies and capacity development - 16:45 – 18:15, Narew room                              
The speakers will discuss the ocean challenges and highlight some of the science responses to them. They will also make recommendations for future UNFCCC actions. The presentations will be followed by a discussion with the audience. 

Thursday 6 December

The challenge of a changing Pacific Ocean: Understanding impacts, observing networks  and building capacity to inform policy - 10:45-11:45, Pacific and Koronivia Pavilion
Panellists discuss latest observations, Pacific case studies, projections, upcoming initiatives & recommendations for sustainable development. Challenges & opportunities in designing ocean observing networks needed to monitor impacts & inform adaptation will be explored. 

The Ocean and CO2: challenges and science responses for seas & society - 16:00-18:00, UK Pavilion                                                                                                                               
Rising CO2 is impacting ocean ecosystems and dependent coastal and island communities. The ocean is also a source of adaptation and mitigation responses. The session will showcase how action-driven transdisciplinary science can help understand and manage the challenges placed on the ocean and so improve sustainable development. 

Saturday 8 December

Oceans Action Day at COP24 - 10:00–19:30, five segments; varying locations  
Marrakech Partnership Ocean and Coastal Zones Action event - 10:00 to 13:00, Marrakech Partnership space 

The Oceans and climate Nexus: addressing major issues - 13:30 to 16:30, Japanese Pavilion 

Actions on Ocean Acidification - the Other CO2 Problem – towards realising sustainable development - 13:15-14:45, Room Narew
Ocean acidification, with other climate-related ocean stressors, has widespread effects on marine ecosystems which impact human wellbeing. There is an urgent need for international collaboration to promote mitigation of, and adaptation to these stressors in policy, regulations and funding streams.
High Level Closing and looking ahead - 17:00 to 18:30, Pacific Pavilion 

Reception - 18:30 to 19:30, Pacific Pavilion

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