Today, June 27, a meeting with the ambassadors took place in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. The list of participants included Sławomir Mazurek, Vice-Minister of Environment, Michał Kurtyka, Deputy Minister of Energy, Piotr Wawrzyk, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Rafał Bochenek, Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Environment for the Organisation of COP24, who provided information on the priorities of the upcoming climate summit of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as on the state of preparations.
The guests listened to the detailed presentations regarding the preparations for the COP24 climate summit.
“Poland is proud to have the honour to once again host the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. I believe that the COP24 summit in December will be conducive to making ambitious decisions on the future of our planet and climate protection," said Sławomir Mazurek, Vice-Minister of Environment at the beginning.
The COP24 conference, which will be held on 3-14 December 2018 in Katowice, will be attended by as many as 30 thousand representatives of governments and groups observing the negotiation process. The main objective of the summit in Katowice will be to adopt a full, balanced package implementing the Paris Agreement.
“The package is designed to allow the practical functioning of all the institutions and mechanisms provided for in the Agreement. It will thus set out ways and means of implementing the climate policy of the countries in the coming years in order to achieve the global climate objectives adopted in Paris,” said Vice-Minister Mazurek.
Poland, as the host country, has a great responsibility to manage the negotiation process transparently, to treat all Parties equally, and to create the right conditions for many hours of formal and informal talks and debates. In order to coordinate the activities of all government bodies connected with the organisation of the conference, an inter-ministerial team responsible for the organisation of the COP24 Summit was appointed.
During the meeting, the participants presented the actions taken to date by Poland to combat global warming.
"Poland actively supports the intergovernmental climate negotiations, as well as the implementation of the package implementing the Paris Agreement, as an opportunity for sustainable and peaceful development of the world," stressed Michał Kurtyka, Deputy Minister of Energy.
"The inter-ministerial team for the organisation of the COP24 Conference is responsible for coordinating the activities of public administration bodies related to the organisation of the conference," Rafał Bochenek, Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Environment for the Organisation of the COP24 Conference, reminded.
In turn, Piotr Wawrzyk, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs assured the ambassadors that Poland would make every effort to ensure that all the travelling issues related to the climate summit, including consular and visa matters, will be carried out with efficiency in mind.
The annual Conferences of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change are the key events in the international climate negotiation process, bringing together representatives of all Parties to the Convention (196 countries and the EU) to decide on further actions to protect the climate and on the functioning of the Convention itself. This year's session, hosted by Poland, will be held on 3-14 December 2018 in Katowice.
The COP session is accompanied by a number of scientific, social and commercial events, which provide a forum for the presentation and exchange of ideas, innovations, strategies and solutions for combating global warming.