On Sunday before the official opening of PreCOP in Kraków, representatives of associations and organizations engaged in the UN process of dialogue on climate policy met.
The meeting was attended by representatives of trade unions, employers' organizations, research and scientific organizations, non-governmental organizations working to protect the natural environment and equality, youth organizations, as well as representatives of cities and local government authorities.
As President of COP24, I have many opportunities to talk to global environmental and climate policy stakeholders. I welcome the growing involvement of civil society in global efforts to protect the planet. This is a manifestation of responsibility on the part of those who understand the need to improve the quality of life of citizens, but also the requirements arising from the need to protect the environment. I believe that only a joint effort of different stakeholders will allow us to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement - said Minister Kurtyka.
During the day-long workshops and discussions, participants had the opportunity to exchange views with representatives of the Polish Presidency and experts from UNFCCC - the UN agency for climate change.
Initiatives related to fair transformation and electromobility aroused particular interest among the gathered. Works related to the preparation of a package implementing the Paris Agreement were also discussed. The assembled expressed their hope that the summit in Katowice will turn out to be a success and declared their support for the Polish Presidency. After the meeting, the delegates will work out a joint statement, which will be presented to the government delegations gathered in Kraków next Tuesday.
Download the joint statement of stakeholders passed to the delegations of States Parties present at PreCOP.