COP24 Katowice

Vice-Minister Kurtyka visits Africa

During his March delegation to Africa, Vice-Minister Michał Kurtyka took part in the ministerial working breakfast "Natural Resource Use: Towards a Safe Operating Space", a UNEA meeting and the African Climate Week.

On Friday, the 15th of March, the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment attended the fourth meeting of the UN Environment Assembly.

The Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment attended the fourth meeting of the UN Environment Assembly, the highest environmental decision-making body, which tackles the most important challenges facing the world today due to the progressive climate change. The UNEA meets every two years to set global environmental policy priorities. During the meeting, Vice-Minister Kurtyka spoke about the Katowice Rulebook worked out during the COP24 climate summit.

- At COP24, the world has undertaken a joint effort. We developed the Katowice Rulebook — a set of policies concerning climate action, which are to be followed and upheld by all countries of the world. However, we know that we still have a long way to go - he said.

Vice-Minister Kurtyka also took part in the African Climate Week in Ghana, where he participated in a meeting with the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation — Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng.

Vice-Minister Michał Kurtyka also attended a series of bilateral meetings. He spoke with Keriako Tobiko, Minister of Environment and Forestry of Nigeria, Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment of Egypt, as well as Romanian Minister of Environment Ion Cimpeanu and UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the UN Climate Summit, Luis Alfonso de Alba, among others. Michał Kurtyka also held meetings with representatives of the African Forest Forum, an association committed to the sustainable management and conservation of African forests and timber resources.

During his subsequent visits to Nigeria and Senegal, Vice-Minister Kurtyka met with NGOs and local administration representatives. Their talks focused primarily on the processes of just transition, which is one of the three priorities of the Polish Presidency of COP24.


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