COP24 Katowice

Vice-Minister Kurtyka talks about the outcomes of COP24 in London and Berlin

Meetings with representatives of public administration, interviews with academics and a speech at the Royal Institute of International Affairs — Chatham House were the main highlights of the visit of Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment Michał Kurtyka to Germany and the UK.

The mission to London and Berlin took place between the 28th of February and the 1st of March 2019.

Speech at the Chatham House

During his speech at the Chatham House, the vice-minister of the environment stressed that the most important issue that needed to be tackled during COP24 climate summit was shaping global efforts to curb emissions.

- In Katowice, we adopted the principles of climate policy, which will remain in force after the rules based on the Kyoto Protocol will have ceased to apply - he reminded the listeners. - The Katowice Rulebook is a complex document, which touches upon many fundamental issues, as well as detailed and technical matters. The parties aimed at achieving a good balance between the various issues — and I think this effort was successful - the vice-minister pointed out.

In the opinion of the President of COP24, the summit opened up new perspectives on the social aspect of climate policy.

- What could be seen very clearly in Katowice was the importance of solidarity and joint reflection, taking into account different perspectives, as well as openness to reaching a consensus. This was also reflected in the Declaration of Just Transition proposed by our presidency - he admitted.

Lecture for King's College students

During his visit to London, Vice-Minister Kurtyka also met with students and faculty of King’s College. During the lecture, the president of COP24 talked about the course of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the impact of the Katowice Rulebook on global climate policy.

 - This was one of the most difficult COPs — the negotiations were very complicated, because the Katowice Rulebook define the principles for global climate policy, and enacting them required reaching a consensus that would be acceptable to all parties - he explained.

Bilateral meetings

In London, President of COP24 Michał Kurtyka held talks with experts from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy responsible for climate negotiations. In Berlin he met with German Deputy Minister of Environment Jochen Flash. During the talks, they discussed issues pertaining to the outcomes of the Katowice conference and the challenges facing the next summit. They also talked about the plans of the COP24 Presidency and Poland's involvement in global climate events planned for 2019.

COP24 or the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place on the 3rd – 16th of December 2018 in Katowice. The event was attended by more than 20,000 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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