COP24 Katowice

Vice-Minister Kurtyka visits New York

Vice-Minister of Environment Michał Kurtyka visited the United States to take part in the open debate of the UN Security Council. The visit to New York took place on the 24-25th of January 2019.

Open debate of the UN Security Council

During an open debate of the Security Council, the President of COP24 showcased the Polish point of view on the impact of climate change on global security.

Climate change is happening all over the world. I am sure that I do not need to convince you that this issue is both urgent and serious. It is an existential threat - he said. - Poland, as the Presidency of the COP24 Summit and an active member of the United Nations, wants to point out what climate change requires actions aimed at curbing it as quickly as possible, not only due to its negative impact on the environment, but also in the context of global peace - the minister pointed out.

Bilateral meetings

Deputy Minister Kurtyka also attended a meeting with UN Secretary-General António Gutierres. Their conversation concerned a number of matters, including issues related to the outcome of the COP24 Summit in December in the form of the Katowice Rulebook. They also talked about the plans of the COP24 Presidency and Poland’s involvement in the events aimed at promoting the idea of curbing climate change planned by the UN for 2019.

Polish Presidency Briefing

During the visit to the United States, a meeting between Vice-Minister Michał Kurtyka and the members of the diplomatic corps at the United Nations was also organised, concerning matters such as the COP24 Summit and the impact of the Katowice Rulebook on global climate policy. The President of COP24 also recalled the initiatives taken by Poland during the summit.

One of the key elements for Poland was broadening the scope of debate on the objectives and methods of conducting climate policy by introducing three declarations to the COP24 agenda, touching upon the issues of just transformation, electromobility, as well as the importance of balancing emissions by CO2 absorption. Today, we can proudly speak of broad support for the initiatives proposed by the Polish Presidency, proving not only their relevance, but also the Parties’ appreciation of the issues put forward by Poland - he said.

Discussions with students

During his visit to New York, Vice-Minister Kurtyka also met with students and faculty at the Columbia University. During the lecture he explained that COP24 saw debates on many issues, both fundamental, as well as very detailed and technical ones, which made up a highly complex document – the Katowice Rulebook.

During the negotiations in Katowice, Poland’s objective was to extend the climate policy to the entire world by shaping global efforts aimed at reducing emissions,” he said. “The adoption of this document during the December summit proves that Poland is an effective ambassador of a sustainable approach to curbing climate change - he added.

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 2nd – 16th of December 2018 in Katowice. The event was attended by nearly 30,000 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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