The mission to Santiago took place from the 2nd to the 5th of March 2019.
As part of preparations preceding the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment Michał Kurtyka met with Carolina Schmidt, the Chilean Minister of Environment and the future President of COP25.
I would like to express my gratitude for supporting the actions of the Polish Presidency during COP24. This commitment shows that curbing climate change bears the same importance for our countries - he said. - I hope that the fact that Chile is going to take over the Presidency of the Conference of the Parties from Poland will strengthen our cooperation not only in the field of climate policy, but also in other areas. I am convinced that COP25, which will take place in Santiago, will be just as successful in terms of negotiations and organisation as the Katowice summit - he added.
During his visit to Santiago, Vice-Minister Kurtyka held a series of bilateral meetings concerning preparations for COP25, including with Minister of Foreign Affairs Roberto Ampuero, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Mining Pablo Terrazas, executive director of CONAF (National Forest Corporation) Jose Manuel Reboledo, as well as Karla Rubilar, mayor of the metropolitan region of Santiago.
The President of COP24 also visited the KGHM-owned Sierra Gorda copper mine, where he learned more about ecological solutions used in the extraction of raw materials. Moreover, he also met with Ignacy Domeyko’s descendants to remember the extremely important figure for the history of Poland and Chile.