During his visit, the Minister met with the Katowice authorities, representatives of the operator responsible for organising COP24 and the security services. The talks concerned both the organisation of the conference, the provision of transport services and the safety of delegates.
The Minister of Environment also visited the International Congress Centre, which will host the global forum in December.
A press conference was held on the premises of the ICC with the participation of the Minister of Environment Henryk Kowalczyk, Deputy Mayor of Katowice Mariusz Skiba and Vice President of the Management Board of the Poznań International Fair Tomasz Kobierski.
“There are fewer than three months left before the climate summit. We still have a lot of work to do, but I can assure you that the work on providing the proper logistics and infrastructure are headed in the right direction,” the minister said.
“COP24 is a major logistical challenge. I am very pleased that the people who are responsible for organising the summit have a great deal of experience in organising events on an international scale,” Minister Henryk Kowalczyk remarked.
The Minister of Environment also talked about security during the summit.
“In December, Katowice will be visited by 30,000 delegates, including many heads of state from all over the world. Ensuring the safety of all participants is a humongous challenge. However, I am convinced that together that we will succeed in carrying out all the necessary tasks,” the minister emphasised.
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 30,000 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.