United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 24, CMP 14 and CMA 1) – WMO side-events

United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 24, CMP 14 and CMA 1) – WMO side-events


Start date

3 December 2018

End date

14 December 2018
Katowice, Poland


WMO at COP24

WMO supports the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and every year participates in sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP), providing the latest scientific advice and information to governments, including on the state of the climate and greenhouse gas concentrations.

A top-level WMO delegation is attending COP24 in Katowice, Poland, which has the goal of finalising the implementation guidelines for the Paris Climate Change Agreement.  This seeks to keep global mean temperature rise this century well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C. An Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C said this target was physically possible but would require unprecedented changes in our lifestyle, energy and transport systems.

Ahead of COP23, WMO issued its provisional statement on the state of the climate in 2018. The long-term warming trend has continued in 2018, with the average global temperature set to be the fourth highest on record. The global average temperature for the first ten months of the year was nearly 1°C above the pre-industrial baseline (1850-1900). Levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high, according to the WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.

The urgency of actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions requires more tools at national and sub-national level to support stakeholders in taking effective and efficient actions. Recognizing this need, WMO has initiated the development of a new Integrated Global Greenhouse Gas Information System (IG3IS), which provides the framework for the development and standardization of the observational based tools observational based tools that can guide the emissions reduction actions.




Climate Action Studio at COP24

Interview of Dr Maxx Dilley, Director of Climate Prediction and Adaptation Branch




WMO and GCF High Level Reception

"Leveraging the best available science for increased effectiveness of climate finance"

Monday, 10 December 2018 from 6.30 to 8 pm - COP 24 - IPCC/WMO Pavilion Nr. 3 - Area H

Reception hostel by WMO Secretary-General Prof. Petteri Taalas and GCF Executive Director (a.i.) Mr Javier Manzanares

By invitation only


Transformative Climate Action: from Observations to Science to Services

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This year, WMO will share a pavilion with IPCC at COP24. A number of side-events are planned to be held there. Please visit us at pavilion #3 - zone H (map)
Flyers related to the Climate Classrooms events available at https://unitaremail.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/gcp/EmoRJ_afuS9MsX6-se-AefQB8pr...

WMO Side-events (organiser/contributor)

3 December 2018

18:15-19:45 Systematic Observations and the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) IPCC-WMO Pavilion

4 December 2018

13:15-14:45 WMO Statement on Climate IPCC-WMO Pavilion


The role of water in achieving climate neutrality

Room Bieszczady

15:00-16:30 Climate Classroom 1 Climate Services for Decision Making IPCC-WMO Pavilion
16:30-18:00 Integrated Greenhouse Gas Monitoring for Germany IPCC-WMO Pavilion

Innovative atmospheric observation-based tools to support climate mitigation action

Please watch the IG3IS animation: The animation on “The carbon cycle” provides basic background about rising atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNaX-uTWSWrHAM8jpD1hi_n649t2zXk7H

Room Bieszczady
18:30-20:00 Work of the LEG in supporting the LDCs on adaptation Room Narew

5 December 2018

08:15-09:45 Overview of the IG3IS initiative IPCC-WMO Pavilion
09:00-10:30 Promoting Disaster Risk Management / Financingin Africa: a Key Role for Climate Services African Development Bank Pavilion

Climate Science for Policy

Room Wisla


Mobilizing Climate Action for Health and Health Action for Climate: Special COP24 Health and Climate Change Report Climate science for policy

Room Warmia

13:15-14:45 Climate Classroom (2) Skills Assessment for Adaptation IPCC-WMO Pavilion
18:30-20:00 World Adaptation Science Programme (PROVIA) Room Pieniny


Clean and Affordable Energy for Sustainable Urbanization and Development

Room Bug

6 December 2018

10:00-11:30 Climate Classroom (3)  Climate Change and Health IPCC-WMO Pavilion
11:30-13:00 Climate Classroom (4) Climate Information to Optimize Renewable Energy IPCC-WMO Pavilion
13:15-14:45 Climate Classroom (5) Climate Services for Decision-Making (Water) IPCC-WMO Pavilion

7 December 2018

10:00-11:30 Climate Classroom (6) The Paris Agreement IPCC-WMO Pavilion


Optimising the integration of ocean-related issues in NDCs and NAPs for the achievement of SDG 14

Room Bug


Innovative Atmospheric observation-based tools to support climate mitigation action

Room Bieszczady

8 December 2018

15:00-16:30 Climate Classroom (8) GFCS - Health IPCC-WMO Paviliion

10 December 2018


Building Global Energy Interconnection, Promoting the Implementation of Paris Agreement Room Krakow (MCK Theatre)

11 December 2018


CREWS High-level event on Caribbean 

French Pavilion
11:30-13:00 Climate Classroom (10) Sustainable Diet IPCC-WMO Pavilion
13:00-14:00 Energy Interconnection: Advancing Energy Transition for Sustainable Development UN-DESA-GEIDCO Pavilion
13:30-15:00 Climate Rationale Event GCF Pavilion Zone E
15:00-16:30 Enhancing access to climate finance (GWP-WMO joint event) IPCC-WMO Pavilion
18:15-19:45 Climate Classroom (11) Improving climate services to support NAPs IPCC-WMO Pavilion

12 December 2018

9:00-10:30 Building Global Energy Interconnection to Accelerate Sustainable Development UN DESA-GEIDCO Pavilion
15:00-16:30 Climate Classroom (12) Climate Finance IPCC-WMO Pavilion

WMO Approach on Cataloging Hich Impact Events in Europe 

Presentation by Mr Maxx Dilley, WMO

Presentation by Mr Stefan Rösner, DWD

Presentation by Mr Ardhasena Sopaheluwakan, BMKG


IPCC-WMO Pavilion

13 December 2018

11:30-13:00 Climate Classroom (13) Green Jobs IPCC-WMO Pavilion
16:30-18:00 Climate Classroom (14) GFCS Agriculture and Food Security IPCC-WMO Pavilion
18:15-19:45 Climate Across the Curriculum: Educational Resources for Teachers IPCC-WMO Pavilion

14 December 2018




Other important events for WMO Community

2 December 2018


First plenary meetings of the COP and CMP and resumption of the CMA


First plenary meetings of the SBSTA, SBI and resumption of the APA


3 December 2018


Official opening ceremony and inauguration of the high-level segment



High-level segment (national statements)

Room 3

4 December 2018


Global Climate Action High-Level Event



SBSTA-IPCC special event: Unpacking the new scientific knowledge and key findings in the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C


5 December 2018


Nairobi work programme Focal Point Forum: Economic Diversification


6 December 2018


Talanoa Dialogue: wrap-up meeting of the preparatory phase


7 December 2018


IPCC - 2019 Refinement, SLCF Expert Meeting and other IPCC activities

Room Wisla

8 December 2018


10 December 2018

16:45-18:15 The Cities IPCC Research and Action Agenda for effective urban responses to climate change Room Pieniny

11 December 2018

9:00-10:30 Talanoa Dialogue: opening meeting of the political phase TBC
10:45-15:00 Talanoa Dialogue: high-level ministerial round tables TBC

12 December 2018


Second part of the high-level segment (national statements) Plenary

13 December 2018



14 December 2018






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