COP24 Katowice

Vice-Minister Kurtyka at the ENVI meeting in the European Parliament

Vice-Minister Michał Kurtyka attended a public hearing organised by the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) at the European Parliament in Brussels. The meeting, which took place on the 29th of January 2019, was devoted to the strategy for long-term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and its impact on climate policy.

During the event, President of COP24 Michał Kurtyka underlined that the summit opened a new chapter in global climate policy.

The success of COP24 would not have been possible without a sense of solidarity and the willingness of all Parties to come to an agreement. In the Katowice Rulebook, adopted just a month ago, we established a legal framework which ensures that all countries will take the appropriate action - he said.

He also pointed out that after the Katowice negotiations, it is now time for making an effort to implement the  set objectives. As for now, countries will work on their contributions according to uniform rules.
Vice-Minister Kurtyka also pointed out that the strategy for long-term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions should include national plans that take into account the circumstances and situation of individual countries. He also added that in order to achieve low-carbon economies, it is crucial to pay attention to social issues that have not been sufficiently addressed in climate policy to date.

I hope that the Declaration of Just Transition proposed by the Polish Presidency will be an impulse to take specific actions regarding social issues, which will ensure support for sustainable development of industrial areas - he said.

Meeting with ITUC

During his stay in Brussels, Vice-Minister Kurtyka met with Bert De Wel, a representative of ITUC, with whom he talked about the implementation of the principles of the Declaration of Just Transition in the national and international dimension.

COP24 Climate Summit

COP24 or the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place on the 2nd – 16th of December 2018 in Katowice. The event was attended by nearly 30,000 participants from all over the world.
During the COP24 Summit, the Parties adopted the Katowice Rulebook – a full package implementing the Paris Agreement. The Agreement is the first international agreement in history setting the world’s climate policy for the years to come, which compels all countries in the world to take action on climate protection.


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