Ahead of the next UN climate conference (COP24), Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will take part in a ministerial dialogue on climate change known as 'pre-COP' in Kraków, Poland, on 23-24 October.
The meeting is the final step before COP24 in Katowice, Poland from 2-14 December, where parties to the Paris Agreement are aiming to adopt detailed rules and guidelines, the so-called ‘work programme', for implementing the global accord.
At the pre-COP, ministers will discuss the key issues for the Paris work programme, in order to facilitate an agreement namely on transparency, finance, mitigation and adaptation.
The meeting comes in the wake of the recent special report on global warming of 1.5°C by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which gives the world's policymakers a comprehensive scientific basis for efforts to tackle climate change and highlights the urgency of stepping up action worldwide.
Commissioner Arias Cañete said: "This year's climate conference in Katowice will be crucial for cementing countries' determination to implement climate action and raise collective ambition over time, in line with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement. The EU will work with all partners at COP24 to ensure the adoption of a robust and ambitious Paris work programme. We also continue to act at home. We are close to completing our entire legislative framework for implementing all the 2030 climate and energy targets for the EU. Moreover, ahead of COP24, the Commission will present a long-term EU strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which will seek to modernise our economy making it more prosperous, sustainable and more socially fair."