Commentary: The View from Europe: Realism required about climate change and resilience

David Jessop is a consultant to the Caribbean Council and can be contacted at Previous columns can be found at

By David Jessop

Over the next two weeks, ministers, officials, non-governmental organisations, corporate lobbyists and protestors from around the world will assemble in Katowice, Poland. There, whether inside or outside the conference halls, they will participate in the 24th United Nations-led Climate Change Conference, known as COP24.

The formal objective will be to turn the commitments made in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement into a work programme and to determine how funding committed by wealthier nations — originally US$100 billion per annum — might be sustained and better delivered to poorer…

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