COP24 Katowice

Vice-Minister Kurtyka on synergies between climate and sustainable development goals

During his visit to Denmark, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment Michał Kurtyka took part in the United Nations Climate & SDGs Synergy Conference and met with representatives of the Ministry of Energy and Climate. The mission to Copenhagen took place on the 2nd and 3rd of April 2019.

In his speech, Vice-Minister Kurtyka recalled that in mid-December 2018 Poland hosted the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change.

COP24, which lasted for two weeks, concluded all the talks held since the Climate Summit in Paris. We talked about many issues making up the complex document that is the Katowice Rulebook - he explained. - In our efforts to create the Rulebook, we were guided by a sense of responsibility for the future of humanity, as well as our commitment to the fate of the Earth, our home. Without it, the Paris Agreement could not have been operationalised and thus implemented - he added.

The talks at the Danish Ministry of Energy and Climate focused on the activities of the Polish Presidency of COP24 planned for 2019. The participants also talked about the issue of the long-term strategy of the European Union for the achievement of climate neutrality by the Community by 2050.

One of the key challenges facing not only the European Union, but the world as a whole, is an efficient and just transition towards a low-carbon economy - Vice-Minister Kurtyka stressed.

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