UN Climate Change Conference (COP25)

UN Climate Change Conference (COP25)

WMO supports the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and every year participates in sessions of the COP, providing the latest scientific advice and information to governments, including on the state of the climate and greenhouse gas concentrations.

A top-level WMO delegation will attend COP25 in Madrid, Spain from 2 to 13 December 2019. The conference will take place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and will be held with logistical support from the Government of Spain. The President-designate for the conference is Ms. Carolina Schmidt, Minister of Environment of Chile. COP25 will follow up the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.  This seeks to keep global mean temperature rise this century well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C. An Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C said this target was physically possible but would require unprecedented changes in our lifestyle, energy and transport systems.

Ahead of COP25, WMO will issue its provisional statement on the state of the climate in 2019. The long-term warming trend has continued through the current year and levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high, according to the WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.

The urgency of actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions requires more tools at national and sub-national level to support stakeholders in taking effective and efficient actions. Recognizing this need, WMO has initiated the development of a new Integrated Global Greenhouse Gas Information System (IG3IS), which provides the framework for the development and standardization of the observational based tools observational based tools that can guide the emissions reduction actions.