The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP24 was held in Katowice, Poland from 2–14 December, 2018. The key objective of the conference was to adopt guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. This was crucial to unleash the true potential of the Paris Agreement, and ensure climate action is increased to achieve the central goal of the agreement – holding the global average temperature to as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Specifically, the full implementation of the Paris Agreement means that practical actions will be unlocked with respect to all elements of the climate regime that countries are building:
HATOF‘s participation in the conference provided an opportunity to influence the negotiating text for the COP and provide timely information for CSOs. The focus of the organisation was on Finance, Agriculture, REDD+, and Transparency. Among other things, the organisation successfully staged two actions (side event and exhibition) at the conference of parties.
The Side Event
HATOF led the organisation of the side event in collaboration with the Forestry Commission Climate Change Department, on Friday December 14, 2018 at 13:15-14:25 in Bug Side Event Room 6 under the Theme: “Ghana’s Premier Emission Reduction Agenda: Cocoa Forest REDD+ Programme-Forests and Commodities; Propelling Sustainable REDD+ Financing for Climate Resilient People and Landscapes”. The event aimed at bringing together experts and influencers leading the implementation of the Paris Agreement around the world for a series of high-level discussions on the interlinkages between climate change and REDD+. The event aimed at bringing together experts and influencers leading the implementation of the Paris Agreement around the world for a series of high-level discussions on the interlinkages between climate change and REDD+. The event provided a platform for interactive dialogues to share experiences and ideas on how best to leverage policies, programmes, multi-stakeholder action and partnerships to advance the climate action in ways to maximize benefits and leave no one behind.
The side event brought together about 53 participants from developed and developing country delegations and observers including three international media persons. Participants also included; the Deputy Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Deputy Executive Director, Forestry Commission, Technical Director, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the UNFCCC Focal Point for Ghana, UNDP Senior Regional Technical Advisor for Africa and the Acting Director and Head of Legal Department of the Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana.