UN climate negotiations (COP-24) took place on December 2-14, 2018, in a Polish city of Katowice. The negotiations provoked many discussions assessing results from victory to treachery. We give credit to the facts: Paris Agreement rulebook was adopted; serious financial commitments made by countries and international negotiations ($200Bn by World Bank for 5 year period, by Germany - €70M for Adaptation Fund and €1,6Bn for Green Climate Fund, 9 international banks announced their financial portfolios were aligned with Paris Agreement goals); several declarations adopted (Solidarity and Just Transition Silesia Declaration, Ministerial Declaration "Forests for Climate", Katowice Partnership for Electromobility).
Ukraine was persistent in arguing against using Crimea data by the Russian Federation in its reporting. Ukraine was proud to be ranked 18th in the Climate Change Performance Index 2019. The ranking results are defined by a country’s aggregated performance regarding 14 indicators within the four categories “GHG Emissions”, “Renewable Energy” and “Energy Use”, as well as on “Climate Policy”. Climate negotiations were also marked by persecution of Ukrainian environmental activists who came to attend negotiations in Poland, including their deportation and arrests. An important outcome for Ukraine included a statement by the Minister of Environment of Ukraine, Ostap Semerak, who announced revision of the nationally determined contribution by Ukraine. EBRD plans to support the revision process, to be carried out by Ukrainian national academy of science and experts as early as in May-June 2019.