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Our guide to COP24

The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, informally known as COP24, will be held in Katowice, Poland, 2–14 December.
On this page you'll find explainers, background and contacts for SEI's involvement in this important gathering.
Photo: CIFOR / Flickr.

Key issues

The key objective of the meeting is to adopt the implementation guidelines of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The guidelines, known as the Paris Rulebook, are intended to ensure implementation, and increase ambition, of climate action so that the central goal of the Paris Agreement can be achieved, namely to hold the global average temperature to as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Another key focus of this year’s UN climate negotiations is ensuring a “just transition” away from fossil fuels.The Polish COP presidency has highlighted just transitions as one of the key issues for COP 24, and it’s a topic that will be on the mind of many conference attendees.

COP24 will also host the high-level political phase of the Talanoa Dialogue, which aims to assess progress towards the temperature goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. SEI’s Michael Lazarus will represent SEI as one of 12 civil society members participating in the Ministerial-level Dialogue on 11 December; he will speak about how to align fossil fuel production with the Paris Agreement goals.

What is happening today at COP24?

This daily podcast from Climate Home News, and sponsored by SEI, will fill you in on all the news and stories behind the climate conference.

Listen to COPCAST


Equip yourself for the discussions ahead with these highlights of our work.

Experts at COP

Come and meet SEI at COP24 – find us at exhibition space 41, together with our partners Climate Strategies and the University of Eastern Finland.

Week 1 (3-8 December)

Week 2 (9-14 December)

Further coverage

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