The meeting, which took place on the 22nd of January 2019 in Brussels by the Polish Electricity Association was attended, among others, by the EU Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action, Miguel Arias Cañete.
During the event, the President of COP24 Michał Kurtyka underlined that the COP24 Summit was a success.
We managed to reach an ambitious compromise, we agreed upon the rules – the Katowice Rulebook implementing the Paris Agreement that will drive the world's climate policy for the decades to come - he said.
He also added that that the Katowice Rulebook opened up the possibility to create a global system for analysing emission reductions. Now all countries will prepare their contributions and reports according to uniform rules.
Solidarity in climate policy
COP24 proved that it is possible to build a bridge between international solidarity and national interests. That multilateralism and national perspectives can go hand in hand - the President of COP24 stressed.
He added that there was a growing understanding among the Parties that effective action to combat climate change can only be taken at global level, but they must also take into account the internal dynamics of individual countries.
Broad support for declarations proposed by Poland
Vice-Minister Kurtyka also pointed out that the adoption of the Katowice Rulebook, was not the only success of the summit, noting the great interest in the initiatives undertaken by the Polish Presidency. He emphasised the fact that 55 countries and Parties (including the EU) have supported the Declaration on Fair Transition, while the Forest For Climate Declaration has so far been supported by 70 countries. The Partnership for Electromobility was joined by 42 countries with half of the world’s population, as well as organisations associating 1,500 cities and regions and more than 1,200 companies.
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 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.