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Polish-German talks about COP24 and climate protection

Today, Henryk Kowalczyk, Minister of the Environment hosted Svenja Schulze, German Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, at the Ministry of the Environment. The main topic of the bilateral meeting was the COP24 climate summit and climate protection.

The meeting was also attended by: Secretary of State Jochen Flasbarth, German Ambassador Rolf Nikel, Vice-Minister of the Environment Sławomir Mazurek, Government Plenipotentiary for the COP24 Summit Presidency Michał Kurtyka and Minister’s Plenipotentiary for the Organisation of COP24 Summit Rafał Bochenek.

The issue of adopting the full implementation package during this year’s summit in Katowice was raised at the meeting.

“2018 will be a crucial year for the process of global climate negotiations. In addition to the implementation package, we will also want to adopt other decisions that will strengthen the implementation of the Climate Convention and the Kyoto Protocol,” said Minister Henryk Kowalczyk.

At the same time, he stressed that this would be the most important moment since all the countries of the world adopted the Paris Agreement during COP21.

The ministers also raised the issues of climate protection at both local and European level.

“We recognise the particular importance of action at local level in the field of climate protection, particularly in terms of shaping appropriate social attitudes,” Henryk Kowalczyk emphasised.

“It is extremely important in the context of climate protection to make every effort to reduce the problem of low emissions, which result in air pollution,” he added.

The minister also pointed out that Poland is open to cooperation and exchange of experience in this matter.

Among other topics discussed during the meeting were cooperation concerning the growing wolf population and European issues raised during the ENVI Council in June.

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 40000 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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