South Africa pushes for a climate 'rulebook' at UN climate change conference

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eNCA, Katowice, Poland

Delegates from more than 190 nations gathered at this year's UN-backed climate change summit are hoping they'll agree on a set of rules for measuring and monitoring greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. The 24th Conference of Parties, or COP 24, as it's known, is widely considered one of the most important climate meetings as countries aim to finalize the rules under which they'll implement the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Under that agreement, countries agreed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to keep global temperatures this century from rising two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. They'll need to start in 2020, and talks this week are focused on gaining consensus over how to achieve the Paris Agreement targets.

Government officials and representatives of non-governmental organizations say progress has to be made in key areas.

For Maesela Kekana, South Africa's chief climate change negotiator, the conference needs to address three critical issues: finance, technology and capacity building. These resources, Kekana said, are important for developing countries so they can scale-up climate mitigation and adaptation to avert the catastrophic impacts of climate change.

Siphamandla reported from the COP24 in Katowice, Poland, with the support of the 2018 Climate Change Media Partnership, a collaboration between the Internews' Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Foundation. The full report in Spanish follows.