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Rulebook also about protecting those most vulnerable to climate change

COP24 president Michal Kurtyka jumps at the end of the final session of the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, southern Poland, on Dec 15, 2018.
COP24 president Michal Kurtyka jumps at the end of the final session of the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, southern Poland, on Dec 15, 2018. PHOTO: AFP
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When a global climate action plan passed muster with almost 200 nations late on Saturday night, exhausted delegates who had been negotiating with their counterparts from all over the world over the past two weeks gave it a standing ovation.

The text they had been poring over during COP24 - the name of the United Nations climate change conference that took place in Katowice, Poland - was a technical document, full of jargon that went deep into the weeds.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 17, 2018, with the headline 'Rulebook also about protecting those most vulnerable to climate change'. Print Edition | Subscribe