Michał Kurtyka represented the Polish Presidency of COP24 at the New York Climate Summit. During the four-day visit, the COP24 Presidency was involved in numerous events.
The 25th anniversary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate at the United Nations Headquarters held on Saturday, September 21st was the first of the series of events. The meeting was held by the UNFCCC Secretariat in cooperation with the Polish COP Presidency.
Apart from Michał Kurtyka, the executive committee included the UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations as well as Carolina Schmidt, the President of COP25. The event was also attended by the former COP presidents Manuel Pulgar Vidal and Loraunt Fabius.
Over the past 25 years, the UNFCCC has developed a comprehensive toolkit for climate change mitigation, adaptation and financing. It has also prepared a well-designed framework for global climate action for all countries. The Paris Agreement as well as the executive Katowice Rulebook constitute modern mechanisms with enormous potential - said Vice Minister Kurtyka.
Kurtyka also participated in a meeting organised by Greece aimed to save the cultural and natural heritage from climate change.
The COP24 Presidency's report on fair transition was presented on Sunday, September 22nd.
We have set ourselves an ambitious goal of encouraging the world leaders to support a solidarity-based and just transformation as a key element in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Today, we are proud to present a which constitutes a summary of the actions and discussions we have undertaken - said the President of COP24.
Vice Minister Kurtyka together with the President-designate of COP25 Carolina Schmidt have also summarised the meeting convened by Climate and Clean Air Coalition.
Contributing to climate protection as well as the health of our citizens, the Polish government has committed to implement a comprehensive air quality program worth $40 billion USD - said Kurtyka.
The COP24 President was also present at the opening ceremony of the UN Secretary-General's climate summit on Monday.
Moreover, Vice Minister Kurtyka has taken the opportunity to participate in numerous meetings with representatives of world governments, including those involved in the work on the Katowice Climate Package.