The document envisages reaching targets regarding climate protection, while simultaneously maintaining economic development and workplaces in the spirit of Solidarity’s heritage. Invited guests discussed the ways of implementing the Declaration’s assumptions and their consequences.
Polish Pavilion, special zone on the premises of the UN global climate summit – COP24 in Katowice – is a place where mainly national institutions and enterprises are being promoted. They present their contribution in the climate neutrality policy achieved through the use of innovative technologies and implementation of environmentally friendly procedures. It is also a platform of exchanging ideas and opinions between experts, scientists, representatives of industrial organisations and institutions from Poland and abroad.
The Polish Pavilion’s first day was devoted entirely to the Solidarity and Just Transition Silesia Declaration signed by President Andrzej Duda and heads of 44 other states. Its signatories admit that in order for the activities aimed at creating low-carbon economy to be successful, social approval for changes is crucial. Therefore, we must first and foremost ensure social security of workers, whose workplaces will be liquidated or transformed.
The full-day debate organised in the Polish Pavilion and devoted to the declaration on just transition was divided into three thematic blocks. The first one was entitled “Scientific evidence justifying the need to implement policies for solidary and just transition. Conclusions from researches.” It was attended by representatives of Polish and foreign analytical centres and think-tanks. They focused on sociological aspects of postulates included in the document. Second thematic block – “Solidarity and Just Transition Silesia Declaration – means of implementation and possible implementing measures” was participated by negotiators representing six continents. The third and last theme consisted in “Changing the rules of the game on the labour market of the future: towards just transition with women and men equality.” Opening speech was delivered by Adam Lipiński, Government Plenipotentiary for Civil Society and Equal Treatment.
Each subsequent day in the Polish Pavilion will be devoted to different subject matter: electromobility, innovations, forests, the issue of sustainable development of cities, financing climate policy, air quality and human dimension of climate change. The Pavilion will be functioning throughout the whole UN climate summit – COP24.
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