7 December 2018

UNAI Quiz: COP24 and Climate Change

The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) is underway! From 2-14 December 2018, countries are gathering in Katowice, Poland to finalize the Paris Agreement Work Programme, a plan to unlock concrete and ambitious climate action.

Test your knowledge about COP24 - the United Nations Climate Change Conference with the UNAI Quiz! 

Scroll down to the bottom of this article to find the answers.

1. Which treaty acts as a framework for international cooperation to combat climate change by limiting average global temperature increases and the resulting climate change, and coping with impacts?

A. ICERD
B. ICCPR
C. UNFCCC

2. What is the supreme decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)?

A. Conference of the Parties (COP)
B. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
C. United Nations Environment Programme

 

 

3. What 1995 Protocol legally binds developed country Parties to emission reduction targets? This Protocol’s first commitment period started in 2008 and ended in 2012. The second commitment period began on 1 January 2013 and will end in 2020. 

A. New York Protocol
B. The Hague Protocol
C. Kyoto Protocol

4. The 2015 Paris Agreement, adopted in Paris on 12 December 2015, marks the latest step in the evolution of the UN climate change regime and builds on the work undertaken under the Convention. The Paris Agreement charts a new course in the global effort to combat climate change. What temperature rise does the agreement strive to keep the world from exceeding?

A. 3 degrees Celsius
B. 1 degree Celsius
C. 1.5 degrees Celsius

5. Katowice, Poland will host the 2018 Conference of Parties (COP24) to achieve what?

A. Agree upon internationally approved guidelines for countries following their pledges under the Paris Agreement
B. Ensure transparent reports of each country's progress toward decreasing greenhouse gas emissions
C. Work out the finance needed for countries to reach their climate goals
D. All the above

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.C) UNFCC. In 1992, countries joined an international treaty, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, as a framework for international cooperation to combat climate change by limiting average global temperature increases and the resulting climate change, and coping with impacts that were, by then, inevitable.

2. A) Conference of Parties (COP). The COP is the supreme decision-making body of the Convention. All States that are Parties to the Convention are represented at the COP, at which they review the implementation of the Convention and any other legal instruments that the COP adopts and take decisions necessary to promote the effective implementation of the Convention, including institutional and administrative arrangements.

3. C) Kyoto Protocol. By 1995, countries launched negotiations to strengthen the global response to climate change, and, two years later, adopted the Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol legally binds developed country Parties to emission reduction targets. The Protocol’s first commitment period started in 2008 and ended in 2012. The second commitment period began on 1 January 2013 and will end in 2020. There are now 197 Parties to the Convention and 192 Parties to the Kyoto Protocol.

4. C) 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Paris Agreement seeks to accelerate and intensify the actions and investment needed for a sustainable low carbon future. Its central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Agreement also aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change.

5. D) All the above.