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  • 3 December 2018

    Poland holds the presidency of the COP for the fourth time and hosts its summit for the third time.

    The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the COP24) started in Katowice, attended by Polish President Andrzej Duda, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and representatives of the Polish government and the Katowice municipal authorities.

     

    The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs was represented by Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz,  MFA Secretary of State Konrad Szymański and MFA Undersecretary of State  Piotr Wawrzyk.

     

    During the ceremonies on 3 December, Secretary of State in the Ministry of the Environment  Michał Kurtyka, the plenipotentiary for COP24 Presidency, officially took over the annual COP Presidency from Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarama. The Polish Presidency of COP24 will be based on three main pillars:  Man, Technology, Nature. The main aim of the COP24 climate summit is to adopt a comprehensive set of rules and guidelines implementing the Paris Agreement that will make its full implementation possible. During the summit, the political phase of the so-called Talanoa Dialouge will be carried out to take stock of the collective efforts in relation to progress towards the goals of the Paris Agreement.

     

    At the conference, the chief of Polish diplomacy Jacek Czaputowicz met with the President of the UN General Assembly Maria Espinosa. Among the topics discussed were Polish priorities in the UN Security Council. They also addressed the challenges facing the organisation today, including the reform of the United Nations system and increasing the role of the UN General Assembly. International security, including the Russian aggression against Ukraine, was also discussed.

     

    The MFA head also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Congo Jean-Claude Gakosso. The ministers discussed prospects for closer trade relations and economic cooperation between the two countries, specifically in the mining and agricultural sectors and in green technologies.  “Poland wants to step up its presence Africa. I have recently paid a visit to Senegal where I opened our embassy in Dakar. We are also interested in cooperating with the Republic of the Congo,” said the MFA head.

     

    The inauguration of the COP24 coincided with the so-called Leaders’ Summit, during which heads of state and government from many countries, at the invitation of the Polish President, will specifically discuss fair and solidarity-based transformation that will allow to develop towards low-emission economy while maintaining economic growth and jobs.

     

    The conference ends on 14 December 2018.

     

    MFA Press Office

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