Earth Journalism Network, Katowice, Poland

Katowice, Poland_This year’s Conference of Parties (COP 24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) comes at a critical time for the global environment.

It’s just two years shy of the date when nations need to show climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions have reached their peak and started falling, a commitment they made under the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. It also follows on the heels of a major report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which warns that rapid action is needed by everyone to stem the worse impacts of global warming.

 COP 24 Climate Summit in Katowice / Credit: Sebastian Indra - MSZ / Creative Commons

As part of its efforts to support coverage of these summits by local media, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, in collaboration with the Stanley Foundation, selected a diverse group of Fellows to attend COP24 as part of the 2018 Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP). These Fellows also had the opportunity to attend an earlier gathering in San Francisco, the Global Climate Action Summit, where state and local governments and private sector organizations charted their progress in addressing climate change and pledged for further action.

The Fellows – most of them full-time journalists with a diverse range of climate-change reporting experience – were selected for this year’s talks out of a pool of more than 300 applicants. Many of them come from countries that are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and will be relating what happens at these high-level talks to their readers back home.

Before attending the conference, Fellows will participate in a daylong orientation session led by climate experts, media officers and EJN trainers aimed at improving their understanding of climate science. They’ll also review key points likely to be raised at the talks and explore ways to maximize their coverage. They'll also participate in a field trip to explore how Katowice, the heart of Europe’s coal country, is transitioning to a greener, more environmentally friendly city. The Fellowship program will run from December 8-14.

This is the second year EJN has teamed up with the Stanley Foundation on the CCMP fellowship. EJN, along with Panos and the International Institute for Environment and Development, formed the CCMP in 2007 to enable developing country journalists to attend and report from the annual UN climate summits.

Our COP24 stories:

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Countries need to raise ambitions, curb emissions to meet 2030 goals: UNEP
WHO: Climate change could add 250,000 additional deaths annually between 2030 and 2050
COP24 sheds light on the link between climate action and human health
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Russia, US prevent adoption of scientific report on temperature increase
Coal on its way out amid rising costs
Protest marks US press conference at climate talks
COP24: Climate Protesters March On As Negotiations Intensify
Once again, the United States stands alone
Indonesia Commits to Low Carbon Development and a Green Economy at COP24
South Africa pushes for a climate 'rulebook' at UN climate change conference
Poland's coal country looks toward green energy
Nepal’s per capita carbon emission growth highest in South Asia: Report
Taking stock of Indonesia’s progress
Consensus eludes climate talks over finance and transparency
COP 24: What’s Nepal going to say to the world?
Thai farmers feel the heat of climate debate
Hurricane Maria raised climate risk in the Caribbean latest index shows
China's Carbon Footprint Swells to Record Size
Indonesia promotes low-carbon development initiative at UN climate summit
Brazilian representative at COP24 criticizes president elect for stance on climate change
Brazil made a mistake by giving up on COP25, says head of Amazon Research Institute
Uganda Expects the Big Emitters to Pay Damages to Developing Countries
We understand LDCs' special needs: Global Environment Facility
Making Green Growth a Success Across the Globe
Sports and fashion sectors commit to reduce emissions
Opinion: The inequity in our climate change policies
Vietnam at COP24: Collaboration is key in tackling climate change
Brazil's environment minister ignores problems and tells other countries to act at COP24
Pakistan needs $40 billion to meet climate change targets, says Minister
More than $ 5 trillion already lost to air pollution; is there a solution?
Adaptation Fund receives $ 129 million to finance climate projects in vulnerable countries
UN Climate Talks Hit Slump After Clash Between Developed, Developing Nations
Pakistani activists announce launch of Anti-Coal Alliance
The Caribbean Must be Counted at COP24
Ministers urged to do the right thing at the Talanoa Dialogue
Diverse gender perspectives needed in climate change discussions
Climate change could displace millions of people
Nepal's climate policies compatible with 1.5 degree ambition: Study
The impact of COP24 for Indonesia
Small island finance negotiators ask whether developed countries are delivering on commitments
Climate summit fails to adopt key report as US pitches fossil fuels, India and Australia keep mum
The Talanoa Dialogue: Small Island States call for more robust commitments
COP 24: Africa Asks for Balanced and Robust 'Rulebook'
Belize Accepts Chairmanship of AOSIS
Costa Rica and Chile will organize climate summit in 2019
We are out of time: Rapid progress needed at UN climate talks
The last hours of COP24: Climate talks cut through key sticky points
China energy expert: Smog pushed China to cut carbon emissions
D-Day for Fiji’s Talanoa
Brazil receives the unwelcome 'Fossil of the Day' award at COP24 in Poland
Double counting of emissions reductions raises concerns among small island states
No consensus at COP 24; small island states dissatisfied with rulebook
Final agreement stalls as parties bicker at climate talks
COP 24: Africa Asks for Balanced and Robust 'Rulebook'
COP24 outcome is 'fair' to Caribbean countries, says negotiator
COP24 final agreement signals positive ‘finance’ news
COP climate summit gets back to Latin America
COP24: With rules, but without ambition
Multisectoral approach for climate action in Latin America
Nepal's takeaways from COP 24
Let Taiwan into UNFCCC, says Solomon Islands
Solomons want Adaptation Fund pledges realized quickly
How successful was the Talanoa Dialogue in COP24?
Decades of million-dollar negotiations not enough to stop sinking Solomon Islands
In Pacific's battle against global greenhouse gas emissions, Taiwan offers help
India Plans to Increase Height of Solar Panels so Farming Can Continue Below
COP24 did little to address loss and damage, says Solomon Islands delegation
Pacific states stress the need to increase NDCs
Major funders explore innovative financing for climate change at COP24
Ugandan eco-product designer welcomes charter linking fashion with climate change
'We feel more like bystanders;' youth call for active participation in climate negotiations
Least Developed Countries Group welcomes climate summit outcome with caution
Uganda calls for action to save world from climate catastrophe
Fashion, sports industries commit to battle climate change
Wrestling among the big nations at Katowice climate talks
Tunisian youth organization plays a strong role in climate change negotiations
Brazil's environment minister has no history in the cause, says Climate Observatory head