Written answers

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

International Summits

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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26. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his priorities for the upcoming COP25 discussions in Madrid. [49414/19]

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin Bay North, Fine Gael)
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The United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will hold its 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) in Madrid, Spain, from 2 to 13 December 2019. Ireland engages in negotiations under this Convention through its membership of the European Union (EU).

At COP 24 in Katowice, Poland, the main elements of the Paris Agreement rulebook were achieved. A key priority and remaining open aspect of the rulebook to be finalised at COP25 in order to operationalise the Paris Agreement is the Markets Chapter (Article 6). Ireland and its EU partners look forward to positive engagement by all Parties to the Paris Agreement and the UNFCCC to ensure a successful conclusion to these negotiations at COP25.

Ireland, together with its EU partners, will also be emphasising the importance of working to enhance global climate ambition in response the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C and the outcomes of the UN Climate Action Summit, including on the updating of Nationally Determined Contributions and the submission of Parties’ long-term greenhouse gas emissions strategies by 2020.

Ireland also looks forward to promoting continuous engagement by non-state actors in delivering the Paris Agreement objectives, with a particular focus on youth engagement.


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