COP24 Katowice

Negotiations Enter the Final Stage

“We ought to move forward in the work on the final COP24 document,” with these words, COP24 President Michał Kurtyka aimed to mobilise the parties during the plenary session. Negotiations at the Katowice summit are entering the decisive phase.

During the plenary session, the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment Michał Kurtyka familiarised himself with reports on the work of ministers who conducted negotiations on the implementation package of the Paris Agreement together in working groups. These groups are made up of two ministers — one from a developed country and the other from a developing country. Each pair conducts negotiations in a different thematic area. These included finance, transparency, adaptation, global review, the Talanoa Dialogue and the IPCC report. Ministers from Chile, Costa Rica, Egypt, Finland, Gambia, Germany, Luxemburg, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the reported that significant progress had been made in each of the issues, but there were still major divergences between the Parties. 

The COP24 President expressed his gratitude for the involvement of ministers in activities aimed at developing optimal solutions.

“I am convinced that you have made every effort to move on as far as possible in the negotiations,” he declared.

The deputy head of the Ministry of Environment also announced that subsequent versions of the text on the Paris Agreement implementation package will be consulted with the Parties at the so-called Assemblies. The formula of these meetings will is a reference to the Polish political tradition.

There are several problems that have not been resolved yet. We have to tackle this challenge and move forward. We are preparing a preliminary version of the final document, the language of which will be acceptable to all the Parties,” he concluded.

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