NAZCA operates at the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The platform, created in 2014, is a global database on practical pro-climate activities. Regions, cities, towns and civic communities can register their planned and implemented climate action there. More than 9,000 urban centres have already joined NAZCA, as well as 125 regions, almost 2,500 business partners, over 350 financial institutions and more than 100 non-governmental organisations from around the world. Another 23 cities and towns from Poland joined this group today. Among them are: Katowice, Będzin, Jarosław, Lądek-Zdrój, Legnica, Lidzbark Warmiński, Piastów, Pyskowice, Raducz, Siemianowice Śląskie, Skawina, Sławków, Sosnowiec, Stalowa Wola, Szamotuły, Tarnowskie Góry, Poznań, Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Ustroń, Wałbrzych, Zabrze, Żywiec and Olsztyn. Together with the new members, there are already a hundred Polish urban centres in the NAZCA network, which has existed for four years.
While opening the Cities for Climate summit, the Minister of Investment and Development, Jerzy Kwieciński, emphasised that urban centres play a key role in efforts to reduce pollution and have a positive impact on the environment. “If we want to be effective in implementing climate policy in the world, we have to conduct it in a coordinated manner. We are meeting in Katowice to discuss the implementation of climate goals among the representatives of urban centres from around the world. We also want to promote participation in international cooperation among Polish cities and towns, especially within the NAZCA network”, said Minister Kwieciński.
Secretary of State at the Ministry of the Environment and COP24 president Michał Kurtyka, taking part in the event, pointed out that the world is urbanising extremely fast. “In 1800, 2 percent of world population lived in urban centres, now half of it, and in 2050 two-thirds or even three-quarters of the world's population will be living in cities and towns. Let us take as an example the city of Lagos, which gets over 70 new residents every hour. It is an unbelievable revolution. If we do not control this revolution together, we will have a growing sphere of poverty, noise, pollution and a fundamental lack of comfort in our lives - he explained.
The deputy head of the Ministry of the Environment added that local governments have more and more instruments to join the global climate policy. “The fact that so many Polish cities responded to the NAZCA global initiative is a very good message about the importance of this subject matter that has been sent from our country to the world”, he asserted.
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