COP24 Katowice

Vice-Minister Kurtyka visiting the USA

Participation in the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly and accompanying events were the main points of the delegation of the Secretary of State at the Ministry of the Environment, Mr. Michał Kurtyka, to the United States. The visit took place on 21-27 September 2018.

The future President of COP24, Michał Kurtyka, participated, among others, in the ministerial discussion organized by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition and in the One Planet Summit prepared by France. Vice-Minister Kurtyka also accompanied President Andrzej Duda during a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres regarding the Implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Towards COP24. President Duda called all states, parties to the Agreement, to take joint action to protect the climate.

The Secretary of State at the Ministry of the Environment also participated in the High-Level Panel on Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure - organised by the OECD together with the UN Environment Agency and the World Bank Group. The reason for the discussion was the presentation of conclusions from the report, the full, official inauguration of which will take place during COP24 in Katowice.

In the light of the forthcoming Summit, the Paris Agreement implementation package remains the necessary basis for action by state and non-state entities, including international financial institutions, the private sector, local authorities and civil society organisations. In order for them to make long-term commitments, they need transparency, legal certainty and sustainability, stressed the Vice-Minister.

Moreover, the Polish Presidency organised informal consultations of negotiators. Their main objective was to familiarise themselves with the positions of the Parties with regard to the most sensitive issues related to the implementation of the Paris Agreement. During the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Poland ratified the Doha Amendment on carbon dioxide emissions. Thus, our country has confirmed on the international arena that by 2020 it will reduce CO2 emissions by 20%.

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