Green Cities Fit for Life

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The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), otherwise known as COP24, will be taking place this December in Katowice, Poland from 3 to 14 December 2018. COP24 will invite parties to the Convention, United Nations and related organisations and agencies, members of the press and media and already admitted non-profit observer organizations to attend the sessions of the Convention.

On 10 December, during the COP 24 reception “Katowice Climate Shift”, representatives from the European Green Capital Network cities, Nijmegen, and Oslo (the 2019 European Green Capital) and Barcelona (tbc) will present the Call for Action that was launched on 23 November 2018 in Nijmegen, calling upon national governments and international institutions to acknowledge the important role of cities and involve them early in the process of developing policies.

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What happens at COP24? The UNFCCC is a “Rio Convention”, one of three adopted at the “Rio Earth Summit” in 1992. The UNFCCC entered into force on 21 March 1994, and today, it has near-universal membership. All of the countries that have ratified the Convention are known as Parties to the Convention. The ultimate aim of the UNFCCC is to preventing “dangerous” human interference with the climate system.

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme body of the UNFCCC Convention. It holds its sessions every year, which consist of the representatives of the Parties to the Convention. The COP takes decisions which are necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the provisions of the Convention and regularly reviews the implementation of these provisions.

In accordance with a decision of the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Convention (COP22) in Marrakesh in November 2016, and it was decided that the successive climate summit would be held in Poland.

For more information, visit the COP24 website.