COP24 Overnight Briefing: Talks grind on

The first signs of progress have emerged from the COP24 talks | Credit: UN Climate Change

Thursday in Katowice brought news on pre-2020 carbon cutting progress, guidelines for dealing with climate migration, and an update on progress of official talks

Negotiators report progress on climate pledges, financing and transparency

On day four of the talks the first trickles of news emerged from the negotiating rooms, giving an indication of how quickly negotiations are moving. 

Draft texts have been produced for rules governing national climate pledges, carbon trading, climate finance and transparency rules for greenhouse gas reporting. However, there is slower progress on matters rules for reporting adaptation efforts, among other areas. 

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Carbon Brief’s Simon Evans has an informative Twitter thread offering further detail

Guidelines released for first-ever UN climate migration agreement 

The Task Force on Displacement today released its recommendations to help countries cope with people moving across borders as a result of climate change. 

The recommendations were discussed by delegates yesterday, and are set to be agreed by countries next week at the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Marrakesh. 

If adopted, it will be the first-ever UN global agreement on a common approach to international climate-related migration.

Flooding, extreme heat or prolonged drought can all be a factor in forcing people to move countries, and such events are likely to become ever more common as climate change intensifies. 

To minimise chaos and disruption, the recommendations focus on three strategies: plan, consult and co-ordinate. Essentially, this means countries developing national strategies to prepare for climate migration, the

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