What are the expectations for the Paris Agreement Work Programme and Talanoa Dialogue at COP24 in Katowice?
COP24, to be held in Katowice, Poland from 2-14 December 2018, will be the most important session in international climate change negotiations since the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015. Headline outcomes needed at COP 24 include:
· completion and adoption of the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP), which aims to deliver the package of rules needed to operationalise and implement the Paris Agreement, and
· concrete outputs from the Talanoa Dialogue, which aims to present the scientific case and create political momentum for Parties to increase mitigation ambition and action, and to reflect this in revised nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to be communicated by 2020.
Damon will present on where things currently stand in the lead up to Katowice, and on expectations for COP24 on the PAWP and the process happening under the Talanoa Dialogue. He will focus in particular on priorities of vulnerable countries – Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
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Damon is the Head of Climate Diplomacy at Climate Analytics and is based in Cologne, Germany. The Climate Diplomacy team provides real-time, technical and briefing support to Ministers, negotiators and high-level officials from LDCs and SIDS in the UNFCCC negotiations and related fora, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board.
Damon and the team played a key role in advising SIDS and LDCs to ensure that the Paris Agreement reflected their key priorities, including the 1.5oC temperature goal, the 5-yearly ambition mechanism and explicit recognition of loss and damage. Since 2016, the team has been focused on providing support in the development and negotiation of the Paris Agreement Work Programme and in a range of other processes mandated by the Paris outcome, including the Talanoa Dialogue in 2018.
Damon is a highly experienced climate lawyer with over 20 years of diverse experience working in international, government and private sector organisations. He has advised extensively on international climate negotiations, domestic and international legal frameworks including those relating to carbon markets, and has led the development of various climate policies and legislation. Damon holds a Master of Environmental Law from the University of Sydney, and completed his Bachelor of Law (Hons)/Arts at the University of Melbourne and KU Leuven in Belgium. He regularly writes, presents and teaches on climate topics, including lecturing on International Environmental Law and Comparative Environmental Law for postgraduate programmes at the University of Cologne.