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Former COP presidents to support Polish presidency

The Council of Presidents of the Conference of the Parties (COP) was inaugurated during a meeting of the French Constitutional Council, which was held on the initiative of Polish Vice-Minister of Environment and Government Plenipotentiary for the Presidency of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) Michał Kurtyka.

The Council of Presidents will be a top-level platform enabling the exchange of experiences related to the organisation of UN climate summits It will also serve to define the challenges and opportunities facing the international community.

"The establishing of an advisory-consultative body with broad influence and global prestige has a chance to significantly contribute to the success of the Katowice climate summit,” said Vice-Minister Michał Kurtyka.

“The Council of Presidents of the COP brings together the Presidents of the past climate summits, and this is what makes the initiative extremely important and necessary. For me, as the Government Plenipotentiary for the Presidency of the COP24, it will serve as a very significant platform for presenting both the aims of the Polish Presidency, as well as for conducting the climate dialogue,” he added.

The establishing of the Council of Presidents is the result of cooperation between the future President of the COP, Vice-Minister of Environment Michał Kurtyka, who is preparing Poland or the Presidency over the Summit, and the COP 2015 president, Laurent Fabius. It was at COP19 that the so-called Paris Agreement, the first binding global agreement on climate action, was adopted.

In December 2018, during the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Katowice, the so-called Katowice Package will be negotiated. It will be an agreement implementing the framework agreement reached at the Paris summit.

UN COP24 Summit

The annual Conferences of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change are the key events in the international climate negotiation process, bringing together representatives of all Parties to the Convention (196 countries and the EU) to decide on further actions to protect the climate and on the functioning of the Convention itself. This year's session, hosted by Poland, will be held on 3-14 December 2018 in Katowice.

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