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International dialogue on tackling climate change during COP23

The 23th UN Climate Summit in Bonn (Germany) is pending. COP23 is another step towards implementation of the Paris Agreement, rules for which are to be adopted during the COP24 in Katowice. The conference is attended by Professor Jan Szyszko, Minister of Environment, and Paweł Sałek, Vice-Minister of Environment, Government Plenipotentiary on Climate Policy.

Polish-Moroccan exchange of experiences

During his visit to Bonn, Professor Jan Szyszko met with the President of COP22 Salaheddin Mezouar. The issues brought up included among others the Morocco experiences as the presidency of the 22nd UN Climate Summit and the role of forests in carbon sequestration.

Professor Jan Szyszko pointed out at the Polish proposal regarding the implementation of the Paris Agreement and consisting in reducing carbon concentration by its sequestration by the forests and soils.

“The target of the Paris Agreement is to reduce the rate of carbon concentration increase in atmosphere. We must achieve it as fast, as cheap and as effective as possible” – said Professor Jan Szyszko, Minister of Environment.

“There are two ways to success. Firstly - the emission reduction and secondly - sequestration of carbon from atmosphere by living organisms such as soil and forests” – he added.

According to Salaheddine Mezouar, the forest share in Morocco is only 15-20% however the country takes numerous initiatives for afforestation – including among others implementation of the “Green Wall Project”.

“Morocco draws a great attention to environmental protection, including tackling climate change. It is considered in the sectoral policies following the strategy developed by the head of the state” – said the President of COP22.

Professor Jan Szyszko, Minister of Environment offered cooperation in organisation of COP24 in Katowice, in particular in context of Africa.

“In 2018 Poland will host the next UN Climate Summit. Our aim is to work out the effective position that will enable adoption of a complete package of decisions implementing the Paris Agreement in a group of three leaders – Morocco, Fiji and Poland” – said the Minister.

Meeting of the Eastern European Group (EEG) states

Professor Jan Szyszko, Minister of Environment, attended also the meeting of the regional Eastern European Group states.

The participants discussed the issues of concern related to climate change.

“We need to work out the position that will actually be effective and allow for mitigating the climate change related problems by the end of this century” – said Professor Szyszko.

“The Paris Agreement embraces such approach” – he added.

The Minister of Environment emphasized also that the COP24 in Katowice will pose an opportunity to present and promote the successes and contribution of the EEG states in reaching the global climate objectives at the international forum.

Meeting with the International Trade Union Confederation

During COP23, Professor Jan Szyszko had a meeting with the representatives of the International Trade Union Confederation. According to the Minister of Environment, Poland intends to benefit from its national specifics to reach the climate objectives laid down in the Paris Agreement.

“According to the Paris Agreement, the activities towards reducing the carbon emission taken by all parties to the Agreement are executed with consideration to their specifics and socio-economic capacity” – notes Professor Szyszko.

The representatives of the International Trade Union Confederation emphasized their will to cooperate in Poland during the next-year UN Climate Summit in Katowice.

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