When the Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015, much to the delight of all delegates, it was clear that this success would bring even more difficult work. Negotiations would last another three years. This is the time that negotiators have set aside for the development of the Katowice regulatory framework – a precise and detailed agreement under which the Paris Agreement will be implemented in a manner that is fair to all parties. With regard to the examination of the positions of nearly 200 parties, it is not easy to reach agreement on such a complex and technical document. In these circumstances, every step forward has been a great success – said Michael Kurtyka, President of COP24. Common Calendar – The Paris Agreement required the parties to discuss the definition of a common timetable for the presentation of national contributions during COP24. The parties partially set these deadlines, indicating that they could apply to contributions from 2031. However, it remains to be agreed that they will last 5 or 10 years – the parties have reserved the possibility of resolving this issue at the next COP25. National contribution records – In accordance with the Paris Agreement, contracting parties should define how national contributions submitted by the parties under the agreement should be managed in the form of a register in Katowice. During COP24, the parties were able to agree on the form of such a register, which will be based on a temporary register currently in place and, with the communication on adaptation, it will form the registration portal. This register will contain all the contributions previously presented, defined at the national level, but not to be searched, which constituted a compromise between the positions of the parties during the negotiations. On the basis of agreed guidelines, the secretariat will develop a prototype for such a registry and submit them to the contracting parties for approval at COP25. This solution allows for the appropriateness of all the political issues raised, so that the Secretariat has one year to develop technical solutions.
The decision adopted governs the functioning of the Committee so that its work is possible.