The meeting took place on Saturday, September 21 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York; the event was attended by activists who have been involved in the climate negotiations for years. Apart from Michał Kurtyka, the President of COP24 and the UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, the executive committee included Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations as well as Carolina Schmidt, the President of COP25.
The Vice Minister Kurtyka opened the meeting. He greeted all guests, including the former COP presidents Manuel Pulgar Vidal and Loraunt Fabius.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change entered into force in 1994. Today marks its 25th Jubilee - announced Kurtyka. - The climate summit convened by the Secretary-General is an excellent opportunity to briefly reflect on how far we have come with the UNFCCC and, above all, what else has to be done.
Over the past 25 years, the UNFCCC has developed a comprehensive toolkit for climate change mitigation, adaptation and financing. It has also prepared a well-designed framework for global climate action for all countries. The Paris Agreement as well as the executive Katowice Rulebook constitute modern mechanisms with enormous potential - said Minister Kurtyka.
However, despite the fact that the Framework Convention has provided us with excellent tools for international climate action, it does not ensure that the individual governments will be willing to act - he added.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international agreement which outlines the principles of international cooperation for limiting greenhouse gas emissions which in turn cause the global warming phenomenon. The Convention was signed in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, commonly referred to as the Earth Summit. It entered into force on March 21st, 1994.
Initially, the Convention did not contain any binding orders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; over time however, the convention introduced appropriate protocols to establish emission limits.
The most important include the Kyoto Protocol (1997), the Paris Agreement (2015) and the Katowice Climate Package / Katowice Rulebook (2018).