The event, organised annually as part of the so-called Japan-Brazil dialogue, opens another year of global climate negotiations. This year’s meeting served to summarise the results of the COP23 climate summit, which took place in November 2017 in Bonn. Additionally, the attendees also talked about the works planned for 2018, which will culminate in the COP24 climate summit held in December 2018 in Katowice, Poland.
In his opening speech, Vice-Minister Paweł Sałek pointed out the growing interest of governments and public opinion in combating climate change. With regard to specific challenges, the Vice-Minister reminded:
“The key task for 2018 is to develop a set of procedures, the so-called implementation package. It is essential for the practical implementation of the Paris Agreement and thus for the achievement of its objectives. As the future COP Presidency, we will make every effort to adopt this package at the COP24 summit in Katowice.”
The participants of the meeting stressed that this year’s summit in Katowice will be another milestone in global climate policy after 2015 COP21 summit in Paris.
“In recent years, there has been intense debate on the possibilities for combating climate change. Now is the moment when we must all move from words to concrete actions,” said Vice-Minister Paweł Sałek.
The participants of the Tokyo meeting also discussed the appropriate involvement of non-governmental partners – businesses, environmental organisations and academia – in the climate process. Their participation will be ensured by the so-called Climate Action Agenda, which will be carried out in 2018 with the strong involvement of both Presidencies – the current one, which is carried out by Fiji and the upcoming Polish Presidency.
During his visit in Tokyo, Vice-Minister Paweł Sałek also took part in bilateral meetings with Hideo Suzuki, Director General for Global Issues of Ministry of Foreign Affairs responsible for climate policy, Naomi Tokashiki, Deputy Minister of Environment in Japan, and with Patrick Suckling, Australian Climate Ambassador.
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 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.