One of the most important tasks of the 24th Session of the of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) will be to work out and adopt a package of decisions ensuring the full implementation of the Paris Agreement, in accordance with the decisions adopted in Paris (COP21) and in Marrakesh (CMA1.1). Moreover, COP24 will include the so-called Facilitative Dialogue intended to support the implementation of national commitments. In the course of the 2018 Climate Summit Poland would like to demonstrate how neutrality in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, i.e. a balance between CO2 emissions and its sequestration by soils and forests, can be attained.
6 December The UEMI presented capacity building and demonstration project development activities developed in the context of the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative and the Urban Pathways project at the “Transport Day” which was facilitated by the European CIVITAS initiative and the SLoCaT partnership. The Transport Day highlighted the strong role of cities in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality by implementing measures in the transport sector. It showcased best practice examples from around the globe, with a range of presentation from various cities, industry and development partners. Event summary: http://www.ppmc-transport.org/transportday2018/
12 December In the context of the Urban Pathways project a side event “Collaborative Climate Action” was organised by the team at the German Pavilion. This event brought together representatives from different levels of government and implementation-oriented projects in order to consolidate knowledge and exchange experiences on low-carbon urban energy, resources and mobility strategies. The challenges for urban development and the need to strengthen collaborative climate action were outlined by Karsten Sach, Director General, Climate Policy, European and international Policy Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Anja Siegesmund, Minister for the Environment, Energy and Nature Conservation, Thuringia, (Germany) shared recent activities from her state on climate action, including a climate change act, which was adopted in December 2018. Takashi Omote, Executive Director, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) shared insights from innovative industry sectors and several projects funded by the International Climate Initiative presented actions from the city level.
13 December UN-Habitat and the Wuppertal Institute co-organized a side-event at the EU pavilion featuring recent work on urban climate action and sustainable mobility supported by the EU-funded FUTURE RADAR project and the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI). The event “Long-term strategy for the decarbonization of transport” showcased some of the tools and implementation project concepts for urban mobility developed by the UEMI. It also discussed challenges around aviation and maritime transport, which was led by the Oeko Institute and Transport & Environment.