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Submitted by ECO Editor on Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 19:04

It. Is. Time!

Throughout the two weeks of negotiations there has been one country that we keep coming back to. Yes, there have been many called out for blocking negotiations, or for not doing enough to support implementation at home, but one stands out above all else.

Our hosts, Poland.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 19:02

At the time of writing, we do not yet know the final outcome of the COP in Poland. However, ECO feels confident enough to give Parties a strong reminder of what is at stake and what has to be done in the next year at home to comply collectively with the tasks set by the ratified Paris Agreement.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 19:00

Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to the adverse impacts of climate change and has been at the forefront of adaptation planning and practice for over a decade. It has the proud aim to be one of the most resilient countries to the effects of climate change globally by 2030.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 19:18

After a year of telling stories and sharing experiences, the Talanoa Dialogue came to an end yesterday. While the talking may have stopped, the need to act more decisively remains.

The purpose of the Talanoa Dialogue was two-fold: to take stock of the collective efforts of Parties in relation to progress towards the long- term goal and to inform the preparation of their NDCs. It is clear from the IPCC SR1.5 that current mitigation pledges are insufficient to limit global warming to 1.5°C. In other words, we are a long way from our collective goal.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 19:16
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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 19:14

ECO welcomes the High Ambition Coalition declaration released yesterday in a packed EU Pavilion. ECO is looking forward to these countries making strong statements in the negotiations shaping the COP decision outcome on ambition.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 19:12
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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 19:10
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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 19:08

ECO has been searching the text of (former) APA agenda items and other PAWP agenda items (we’re looking at you, Article 6) for mentions of human rights and was dismayed to find these references few and far between. It seems that somewhere on the way to Katowice, Parties have forgotten entirely about their commitment to rights even though they have all signed on to at least one human rights agreement, not to mention the Paris Agreement. Is there an amnesia epidemic?

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 19:06

They thought they could hide behind the soot and smog of Katowice, but not today! Let’s welcome back Australia to the scoreboard – where have you been?

The Aussies are big on transparency and have a robust system of greenhouse gas accounting and reporting on emissions at home, which is why we know they have had four years of rising emissions after scrapping a successful emissions trading system. So how will they meet their target?

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