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Climate Change Conference in Bangkok

Last Tuesday, the Climate Change Conference began at the UN headquarters in Bangkok, attended by negotiators from all over the world. Their main goal is to speed up work on the text of the global climate agreement, which will be adopted at the December summit in Katowice.

Michał Kurtyka, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment, who as the President of the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) will lead the summit in Katowice, said:

“We are meeting in Bangkok to intensify work on the implementation of the Paris Agreement. We all want the document to be fully implemented, and to this end, we need concrete proposals for solutions.”

Patricia Espinosa, Secretary General of the Framework Convention (UNFCCC), called on all countries to work even harder on the final package, which will be ultimately negotiated in Katowice.

During the session in Bangkok, Vice-Minister Kurtyka consulted representatives of all negotiating groups. The conversations focused on their expectations regarding the shape of the future agreement and the process of developing the final package. The Vice-Minister of Environment presented the concept of the Polish Presidency, including the organisation of work at COP24.

Vice-Minister Michał Kurtyka also stressed that full implementation of the Paris Agreement will be a priority of the summit in Katowice. The negotiation process takes place in a number of parallel workflows, which differ in their level of advancement and detail, which is why he called upon the participants:

“I ask you to take this extremely important step towards COP24 and to introduce clear and concrete proposals in your negotiations. I am asking you to come up with a clear and structured text.”

Although Poland formally takes over the Presidency of the Convention of the Parties in December, the Presidency team is already working actively with all Parties to achieve success in Katowice.

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