The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) and the 14th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP14) and the 1st (part 3) Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA1.3) will be held in Katowice from 3 to 14 December 2018. The capital of Silesia will be visited by nearly 30,000 representatives of all the Parties to the Convention, namely, 196 countries and the EU to decide on further action to protect the climate and the operation of the Convention. COP24 will be attended by heads of state, prime ministers, representatives of governments, diplomacy and non-governmental organisations, scientists, activists, business representatives and other stakeholders interested in issues related to the climate. The COP Conference will be accompanied by scientific, social, as well as commercial events serving as a forum for presentation and exchange of ideas, innovations, strategies and solutions to combat global warming.
MTP will manage the crucial part of the preparations − technical and logistical organisation; MTP will build temporary facilities for conference rooms, offices for delegations and exhibition pavilions.
The decision to entrust the organisation of the climate conference to MTP was taken by a procedure carried out by the Ministry of the Environment based on the so-called special act (Special Act regarding special solutions related to the organisation of the session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). MTP has extensive organisational experience managing 100 trade events annually and a number of international congresses and conferences and has already twice been involved in the organisation of the climate conference in Poland. In December 2008, MTP and the Poznań Congress Center located on the MTP fairgrounds hosted the 14th United Nations Climate Change Conference. MTP's highest organisational quality was then appreciated by the representatives of the United Nations, the Polish government and the participants of the event. As the result, the Ministry of the Environment entrusted MTP with the implementation of the most important part of preparations for the next United Nations Climate Change Conference − COP19, which was held at the National Stadium in Warsaw in 2013.
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 plan for the COP24 is to adopt a full package implementing the Paris Agreement. The Agreement is the first international agreement in history, which compels all countries in the world to take action on climate protection. The implementation package will allow for the implementation of the Agreement in practice. It will thus set global climate and energy policy for the coming years.