The COP24 Conference in Katowice, 3-14 December 2018
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
On 3-14 December 2018, Poland will host the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP24).
We count not only on the unfailing presence of all the Parties to the Convention and observers – the representatives of cities, business communities, environmental organisations, trade unions and youth – but above all on their determination to adopt in the course of COP24 decisions which are necessary to fully implement the Paris Agreement.
We would like to share with you, Ladies and Gentlemen, the most important reflections on next year’s Conference. Its success will primarily depend on the will of the Parties. It will be the outcome of long, often emotional discussions and difficult but necessary trade-offs. The Paris Agreement is also the outcome of exactly such trade-offs and discussions. The political mobilisation from Paris must be maintained in Bonn during COP23 and in Katowice during COP24.
Poland will make every effort to strengthen a transparent negotiation process carried out by the Parties to the Convention. We need a coalition for the full implementation of the Paris Agreement which will be joined by everybody. We will do all we can to ensure that such a coalition is established and that each of the Parties can make its important contribution to its success.
prof. Jan Szyszko
Minister of the Environment
Republic of Poland
Katowice – a city of change
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Just recently associated only with the heavy industry, today Katowice is the capital of a metropolitan area with 2 million inhabitants, which is vibrant with culture, music and sports.In a short time, this city has undergone a deep and multidimensional transformation. As a result of it, Katowice has become a clear leader of economic and social changes. Their effects include a growing interest in investments in the city, which not only translate into higher living standards of its residents but also expand the services market and create new jobs.
Today’s Katowice is a creative and innovative city which has arisen on the solid foundations of its industrial past. At the same time, the capital of Śląskie Voivodship is an environmentally responsible city and one of the greenest cities in Poland. Forests, parks and green squares occupy almost half the area of Katowice, while its residents relax in its many recreation areas and cycle paths.
The Culture Zone has been created on the revitalised site of a former coal mine. It consists of the new seat of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the “Flying Saucer” Sports and Show Arena, the International Congress Centre and the Silesian Museum. It is exactly here that modernity combines with the tradition and cultural heritage – the Industrial Monuments Route or the Modernist and Art Nouveau architecture in the city centre.
It is in this friendly space that the heart of the city beats. It is a city which is modern, open and aware of its strengths. Ladies and Gentlemen, you are wholeheartedly welcome to experience yourselves the extraordinary atmosphere of this creative place. Let us meet in Katowice!
Mayor of Katowice City