The Warsaw Climate Change Conference (COP 19) was labelled, from the outset, as an “implementation COP”. What that meant in practice was that no ground-breaking new deals were expected (nor did they occur) and the focus would be on decisions to facilitate the operationalisation of bodies established at previous COPs.
Holding COP 19 in the national football stadium of Poland brought out the combative spirit of many parties, with a number of entrenched positions being defended to the last hours of the closing plenary session, which for another year wrapped up almost 24 hours after it was due to close. This was particularly the case with respect to the timetable for all countries to put their mitigation “contributions” on the table in the lead up to COP 21 in Paris in 2015.
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