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Meeting of the Minister of Environment with the Secretary General of the UNFCCC

A delegation led by the Minister of Environment Henryk Kowalczyk has met with Patricia Espinosa, Secretary General of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for a meeting devoted to the preparations for the COP24 Summit.

In December, we will see Poland hosting the climate summit for the third time. The Climate Change conference, which recently took place in Bangkok was an important step paving the way for the success of COP24. The event in the capital of Thailand was devoted to discussions regarding the shape of the future agreement and the process of negotiating the final package.

The aim of the bilateral meeting with UNFCCC Secretary General Patricia Espinosa was to direct work on substantive preparations.

“The COP24 Summit will be a milestone in defining and implementing the global climate policy, which is why Poland – the future COP24 Presidency – has the ambition to create appropriate conditions for discussion and reaching compromises,” said Henryk Kowalczyk, Minister of Environment.

“We want to continue the climate negotiations in the spirit of the Paris Agreement. Its implementation is inseparably connected with the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” said Vice-Minister Michał Kurtyka.

The meeting with the Secretary General was part of a broad range of activities aimed at achieving success in Katowice.

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 30000 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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