The United Nations’ 2016 climate change summit – COP22 – made some progress in paving the way for 2018 – the next major milestone for action after the Paris agreement came into force in November. But, there is a question mark over proceedings in the form of the arrival of US president-elect Donald Trump, who has previously said he would take the US out of the Paris Agreement.
Despite the shadow of Trump, talks continued and the outcomes reflect the determination of other nations to continue with climate action with or without the US if necessary.
COP22 was always going to be about working on the detail of the Paris Agreement, and governments set a deadline of 2018 to complete the rule book for its implementation. This ‘operation manual’ will provide detail on measuring and accounting for emissions, providing climate finance and aiding technology transfer from rich to poor nations.