Carbon Brief followed the negotiating texts throughout the session in an open access table. This records the number of pages of text in each iteration, the number of hooks – which indicate areas of disagreement – and the number of different „options“ that are still on the table. The 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference was the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24), also known as the Katowice Climate Change Conference.  It took place from 2 to 15 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland. The conference was held at the International Convention Centre. The president of COP24 was Michael Kurtyka. The conference also held the fourteenth meeting of the parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP14) and the third meeting of the first meeting of the parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA1-3 or CMA1.3) on the provisions of the implementation of the agreement. The aim of the conference was to fully implement the Paris Agreement.  When the Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015, much to the delight of all delegates, it was clear that this success would bring even more difficult work. Negotiations would last another three years. This is the time that negotiators have set aside for the development of the Katowice regulatory framework – a precise and detailed agreement under which the Paris Agreement will be implemented in a manner that is fair to all parties. Common Calendar – The Paris Agreement required the parties to discuss the definition of a common timetable for the presentation of national contributions during COP24.
The parties partially set these deadlines, indicating that they could apply to contributions from 2031. However, it remains to be agreed that they will last 5 or 10 years – the parties have reserved the possibility of resolving this issue at the next COP25. National contribution records – In accordance with the Paris Agreement, contracting parties should define how national contributions submitted by the parties under the agreement should be managed in the form of a register in Katowice. During COP24, the parties were able to agree on the form of such a register, which will be based on a temporary register currently in place and, with the communication on adaptation, it will form the registration portal. This register will contain all the contributions previously presented, defined at the national level, but not to be searched, which constituted a compromise between the positions of the parties during the negotiations. On the basis of agreed guidelines, the secretariat will develop a prototype for such a registry and submit them to the contracting parties for approval at COP25. This solution allows for the appropriateness of all the political issues raised, so that the Secretariat has one year to develop technical solutions. The decision adopted governs the functioning of the Committee so that its work is possible. However, the creation of the committee has been postponed due to the elections scheduled for the CMA2 (end of 2019). Differentiation within the compliance system has been avoided. The decision provides only room for manoeuvre with respect to the procedural delays for the contracting parties they need because of their internal capabilities.