From December 2–14, we sent four Minnesota business delegates to the COP24 international climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland.
Need more info on the significance of COPs? Read our overview.
We also supported and provided accreditation for two long-standing, educator Craig Johnson with students from the School of Environmental Studies.
In the wake of the President’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, the emergence of the U.S. Climate Alliance, and the E.U.’s commitment to working directly with the U.S. on international climate policy, Minnesota was on the world stage as a member of the Alliance, as well as the We Are Still In campaign.
What happened at COP24?
The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) brought together around 200 countries to continue the worldwide initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. After two weeks of negotiations and strategizing, this COP saw the creation of the official rulebook for implementing the Paris Agreement.
The business community provided strong climate leadership and a presence at COP24 as a critical way to show the enduring U.S. commitment to our Paris Agreement pledge. Learn more of what our delegates to contributed, learned, and brought back to Minnesota through the Minnesota Reflections: Poland Climate Summit webinar.
Every participating country, whether developed or developing, is expected to follow the same standard for measuring emissions and tracking climate policies. The rulebook also expects richer countries to spell out the financial support they will offer to assist poorer nations as they navigate the clean energy transition and build resilience against natural disasters. Now, country representatives will go home and devise how they plan to ramp up their pledges to cut carbon emissions before the 2020 conference, COP26.
The rulebook is more comprehensive than many expected to come out of the conference amidst the running theme of coal throughout the talks and tense political debates. Yet, not everyone is pleased with the outcome. The voices of young people, indigenous groups, vulnerable communities, and people of civil society are saying it doesn’t go far enough to connect the science the IPCC report communicated — that we have 12 years to cut carbon pollution in half to avoid the global temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius — with the necessary requirement and accountability for action now.
We’d like to acknowledge and thank our delegates for their hard work and commitment during the negotiations. With influential people and companies representing Minnesota, our Window into COP24 program is providing a transformative experience for individuals that has ripple effects in communities and corporate leadership for climate action.
We’d also like to thank our 200+ subscribers who followed along each day with our email digests and engaged with our COP24 programming.