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Meetings with ambassadors of Singapore and Brunei in preparation for COP24

The preparations for the COP24 Climate Summit were the main topic of the meetings between Sławomir Mazurek, Vice-Minister of Environment, and the Ambassadors of Singapore Loo Choon Yong and Brunei Datin Paduka Hajah Rakiah Haji Abdul Lamit. The meetings were held as part of Poland's preparations for this year's COP24 Summit in Katowice.

Meeting with the Singaporean delegation

During the meeting with the Singaporean delegation, the objectives of the Polish Presidency concerning the climate process before COP24 Summit in Katowice were discussed. Singapore is committed to the success of the COP24 Summit, which is expected to lead to the rapid implementation of the Paris Agreement, as it is an island country exposed to the consequences of climate change. The discussion also focused on the visit of Masagos Zulkifli, Singapore's Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, in April.

In addition, a special extended meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on climate change will be held in Singapore on the 10th of July 2018. Poland was invited to participate in the meeting as the country holding the Presidency and one of the countries most involved in climate change issues. The meeting will be devoted to the development of a common position of the group regarding the guidelines implementing the Paris Agreement at the COP24 Summit in Katowice. Singapore is the informal leader of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the most developed economy in the region. The country is also seen as an important player in the global climate dialogue.

Meeting with the Brunei delegation

During the meeting with representatives of Brunei, Vice-Minister of Environment Sławomir Mazurek informed the guests about the objectives of the Polish Presidency.

“This year's summit in Katowice will be another milestone in global climate policy after the COP21 Summit in Paris. I am glad that Poland will be coordinating the development of a set of procedures – the so-called implementation package, which is essential for the practical implementation of the provisions of the Paris Agreement. We hope to support the countries of the South-East Asia region in implementing positive changes to improve the global climate," said Sławomir Mazurek.

Brunei has also requested assistance with logistical preparations during the climate summit in Katowice. In addition, the cooperation of the Brunei Ministry of Environment concerned the scope of climate policy.

UN COP24 Summit

COP24 or the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place on the 3rd – 14th of December 2018 in Katowice. The event will be attended by nearly 40000 delegates from all over the world, including heads of governments and ministers responsible for environment and climate issues.

The plan for the COP24 summit is to adopt a full package implementing the Paris Agreement. The Agreement is the first international agreement in history, which compels all countries in the world to take action on climate protection. The implementation package will allow for the implementation of the Agreement in practice. It will thus set global climate and energy policy for the coming years.

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