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 Jones is the Head of Climate Diplomacy at Climate Analytics and is based in Cologne, Germany. He has over 20 years of experience working as a climate and environmental lawyer for international, government and private sector organisations.
Damon’s responsibilities at Climate Analytics include leading negotiation support and advisory activities to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) under the UNFCCC, Paris Agreement, Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other international climate fora. He was at the heart of the Paris climate negotiations in 2015, including as an advisor to Minister James Fletcher of Saint Lucia in his role as co-facilitator on the ambition elements of the Paris Agreement. Over the last four years, Damon has supported vulnerable countries in the development and negotiation of the implementation guidelines under the Paris rule-book.
Prior to his time at Climate Analytics, Damon worked in government and the private sector in Australia and the United Kingdom, advising on and developing policy and legislation for various environmental, sustainability and climate issues at the domestic and multilateral level. He holds a Master of Environmental Law from the University of Sydney and regularly writes, presents and teaches on climate topics. For the last five years, Damon has taught international climate change law to International Environmental Law and Comparative Environmental Law students in the International Master of Environmental Sciences (IMES) programme at the University of Cologne, Germany.