Themed "Changing Together", the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) convened from 2nd to 14th December 2018 in Katowice, Poland. COP24 also concurrently saw the High Level Segment for Heads of State and Government, and the Resumed High Level Segment for Ministers. The Meetings were held under the Presidency of the Polish Government and led by His Excellency Mr. Michał Kurtyka, Secretary of State, Ministry of Energy, Poland.
At the High Level Segment on 3rd and 4th December 2018, Leaders shared their visions and hopes at the highest political level and called for higher climate ambition and more aggressive climate action. The session was followed by a High-Level Event on Global Action that sought to, among others, strengthen high-level engagement on the implementation of climate change policy actions. Yang Berhormat Dato Seria Setia Ir. Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Minister of Development in his capacity as Co-Chair of the Brunei National Council on Climate Change represented Brunei Darussalam.
On the sidelines, a special event on the Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change (IPCC)'s Special Report on Global Warming provided a comparative assessment on the impacts of a global warming of 1.5°C and 2°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways. The Special Report also iterated the need for policymakers to implement unprecedented national transition to lead towards zero net emissions by 2050.
The Resumed High Level Segment for Ministers on 11th and 12th December 2018 saw the gathering of high level representatives sharing national statements on their climate vision and actions. In conjunction with this, the Talanoa Dialogue Ministerial Roundtable, an initiative started by the Fijian Presidency at COP23, was held to take global stock of the collective efforts in reducing emissions in line with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement. The outcome of the Talanoa Dialogue hopes to narrow the gap between the current climate action and the desired ambition for the Paris Agreement. The Resumed High Level Segment was attended by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein, Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry as the Co-Chair of the Brunei National Council on Climate Change. In Brunei Darussalam's National Statement, Yang Berhormat Dato highlighted Brunei's actions on addressing climate change and playing its part in this global effort towards meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Yang Berhormat further underscored the importance of completing of the Paris Agreement Work
Programme at Katowice to ensure that the Agreement could be implemented in a timely, comprehensive, effective and most importantly, balanced manner.
The Paris Agreement Work Programme will be the main highlight of COP24. It will serve as a rulebook for the operationalisation of the Paris Agreement that provides guidance on different key elements such as finance, transparency, mitigation, global stock take and compliance. The Paris Agreement Work Programme is still currently being negotiated with ambition to finalise and adopt it by the conclusion of COP24.
The next Conference of the Parties (COP25) and Related Meetings will take place in November 2019.
The Brunei National Council on Climate Change (BNCCC) was strengthened on 28 July 2018 and is co-chaired by Yang Berhormat Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry and Yang Berhormat Minister of Development. Members of the Council include Yang Berhormat Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, Yang Berhormat Minister of Communications and Yang Mulia Deputy Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry. The Executive Committee on Climate Change and Working Groups on Mitigation, Adaptation and Resilience, and Support Framework were also established under the purview of the BNCCC. The BNCCC based at the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry was formed to support governance measures and to ensure a whole-of-nation approach to address the challenges, impact and opportunities of climate change. The Council convened its first meeting on 16th October 2018.
Yang Berhormat Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry delivering Brunei Darussalam's National Statement on Climate Change at the Resumed High Level Segment (RHLS) of COP24
Yang Berhormat Minister of Development, PYT Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to the Federal Republic of Germany and delegation from the Ministry of Development attended the High Level Segment (HLS) of COP24