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Polish-American talks on climate policy at COP23

At the COP23 – the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn – Professor Jan Szyszko, Minister of Environment, met on the 16th of November 2017 with George David Banks, climate advisor to the US President Donald Trump.

During the meeting, Professor Jan Szyszko pointed out that Poland accepted the decision of the United States Government to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. He also emphasised that Poland would like to know the expectations of the USA towards COP24 in Katowice. 

“Given the US's considerable experience with market mechanisms, we would like to know more about the US Government's expectations regarding the emissions trading scheme. This will be one of the topics discussed during COP24”, said the Minister of Environment Professor Jan Szyszko.

He also pointed out that, as the upcoming presidency of the next climate conference, we are very determined to adopt a comprehensive package implementing the Paris Agreement. “We would like to know the position of President Trump’s cabinet regarding the realisation of this objective.”

Professor Jan Szyszko also discussed climate change with Judith G. Garber, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs of the US Department of State.

Meeting with Russian president’s climate advisor
The day saw a number of other bilateral meetings, concerning both negotiations taking place in Bonn during the COP23 conference, as well as expectations towards COP24, which is slated to take place in December 2018 in Poland.

Polish Minister of Environment Professor Jan Szyszko met with Alexander Bedritsky, President Vladimir Putin’s advisor on climate, as well as Masagos Zulkifli bin Masagos Mohamad, Singaporean Minister for the Environment and Water Resources. He thanked them for their contribution and involvement in the process of climate negotiations to date and pointed out that he hopes for further fruitful cooperation in order to develop principles implementing the Paris Agreement during COP24 in Katowice.  

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