DateDecember 2-14, 2018
COP24 Official Website   |   IISD Reporting Services Summary
GEF Report to the COP   |   GEF Submission to Stocktake on Pre-2020 Implementation and Ambition

The annual UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) took place 2-14 December, 2018 in Katowice, Poland.   

In a Press Release issued at the official opening of the conference, the UNFCCC said the goal was finalizing the implementation guidelines for the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The guidelines will provide clarity on how to implement the landmark agreement fairly and transparently for all.

A summary video presentation of GEF’s submission to the stocktake on pre-2020 implementation and ambition at the COP24 can be found here. The original full GEF submission to the stocktake on pre-2020 implementation and ambition is also available.

A video, Catalyzing Transformation: GEF at Climate COP24, captures some of the highlights of GEF's activities at the conference.

GEF Partnership Pavilion

The GEF Partnership Pavilion at COP24 hosted a series of events, briefings, launches and receptions.

To help confront climate change, we need to transform the systems that support how we live, how we eat, how we move, and how we produce and consume. With a focus on delivering transformational change that will safeguard the climate and other global commons, some 30 events were co-organized with many of the GEF implementing agencies, and other partners.

Gustavo Fonseca opened the 2018 Rio Conventions Pavilion, hosted by the GEF Partnership Pavilion at the COP24. Watch the video here. A wrap up video of GEF side events at COP24 is also available.

Thursday 6th through Saturday 8th the GEF Partnership Pavilion hosted the Rio Pavilion. More details on events held there can be found on their website.

Events listed on all other days were held at the GEF pavilion located at Zone H #2 (across from the Turkish pavilion). 

09:30-10:00 - From Egypt to Poland: Opening message of the Rio Conventions Pavilion (GEF, CBD)

13:30-15:00 - Integrating the implementation of the Rio Conventions: Opportunities and concrete steps (UNCCD, FAO, Government of Uganda, GEF) 

13:00-14:30 - Implementing the Mitigation Hieararchy (BirdLife, Equator Principles Association, GEF, CSBI

14:00-15:45 - Building on Synergies of the Rio Conventions to Implement Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change (IUCN, BirdLife, CBD, WWF, GEF)

16:00-17:00 - Exploring Nature Futures Scenarios (Wageningen University, GEF)

17:00-17:30 - Closing of the Rio Conventions Pavilion: Conclusions and message to UNCCD COP14 (UNCCD, GEF)

09:00-10:30 - Climate action for sustainable rice landscapes


11:45-13:15 - Raising ambition for climate action: A conversation with winners of the global youth video competition 2018

13:25-14:45 - Opportunities to build on lessons learned from over 15 years of climate change adaptation in Africa


  • Mr. Gustavo Fonseca, Program Director, GEF
  • Ms. Rohini Kohli, Lead Technical Specialist for National Adaptation Plans, UNDP


GEF Side Events

The GEF also organized two side events which focused on the two main components of the GEF's Climate Change portfolio: Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation.

More details on the side events can be found here.

GEF Side Event 1

Transformational changes required for a 1.5°C world

GEF Side Event 2

Adaptation: Moving from today's lessons to tomorrow's transformation

GEF-GCF Joint Side Event

Coordinated engagement to support countries in implementing the Paris Agreement

Climate Action Room 1 (Area B)