Climate Change

2018 - Katowice

From 2-14 December, IUCN will participate in the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP24) in Katowice, Poland.

UNFCCC COP24 logo Photo: Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Poland At the Katowice Climate Change Conference, Parties are expected to deliberate on a number of issues to guide the future of climate governance under the Paris Agreement.  

The most important of these issues is finalising the Paris Agreement Work Programme. This so-called ‘rulebook’ will provide the guidance necessary to operationalise and implement the Paris Agreement from 2020.  

The Talanoa Dialogue will enter its political phase at COP24. It will take stock of the collective efforts of Parties in relation to progress on the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement and inform the preparation of future nationally-determined contributions (NDCs). 

Read more about IUCN's technical submissions under the Talanoa Dialogue.  


IUCN’s key messages

At UNFCCC COP24, IUCN will highlight the critical role of nature and healthy ecosystems in providing effective and practical solutions for tackling climate change. It will also emphasise the need for the guidance being currently developed under the Paris Agreement Work Programme to further encourage and facilitate these efforts.  See IUCN’s key messages for COP24.


In addition to following the official negotiations, IUCN is strongly engaged in the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) to support the acceleration of global climate ambition and action on the ground. It will actively contribute to the thematic action tracks on forests and land-use, water, resilience, and ocean and coastal zones.  

IUCN will also engage in a number of other  side events and activities on climate change in the COP24 venue and at other venues in Katowice, Poland.

Issues briefs

IUCN Issues Briefs provide an accessible overview of the often complex issues related to nature conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation. See IUCN’s Issues Briefs.

Climate change publications

IUCN engages on climate change from multiple perspectives, from assessing the risks that climate change poses, to advancing practical and inclusive nature-based solutions centred on the better conservation, management and restoration of the world’s ecosystems.

Browse our catalogue of climate change publications


Natural climate solutions

Protecting climate by protecting nature


Curbing global temperature rise will require removing more carbon from the atmosphere than we release into it. How can we harness natural ecosystems to help achieve this?

More IUCN news from COP 24 .

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