Climate Change: Governments Discuss Way Forward at COP 25

Heads of State, Climate officials, NGOs and other actors in the climate change sector are meeting in Madrid, Spain to discuss ways of limiting global warming at the UN Climate Change Conference dubbed COP 25.

Stakes of COP 25

This conference to run from December 2 to 13, 2019 is aimed at drafting up ways to limit global warming to 1.5°C in line with the Paris Agreement.

It is worth noting that greenhouse gas emissions need to be controlled as they hit a high record in 2018.

At COP 24 in Poland in 2018, it was agreed that the Paris Agreement be implemented.

Furthermore, the conference is paving the way to 2020, the year in which countries have committed to submit new and updated national climate action plans.

In this regard, climate action work will be taken forward in areas like finance, the transparency of climate action, forests and agriculture, technology, capacity building, loss and damage, indigenous peoples, cities, oceans and gender.

Conference Sessions

According to the COP 25 website, the conference will include:

– Twenty-fifth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25).

– Fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 15).

– Second session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 2).

– Fifty-first sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 51) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 51).

The UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 is taking place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile with logistical support from the Government of Spain.

The President-designate for the conference is Ms. Carolina Schmidt, Minister of Environment of Chile.

Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi

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