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On the 27th of February 2018, Henryk Kowalczyk, the Minister of Environment, opened the first meeting of the inter-ministerial COP24 Summit Organisation Team, tasked with coordination of the activities connected with the preparation and carrying out of the 24th session of the UN's largest and most important global climate policy conference.
The meeting was also attended by Paweł Sałek, Vice-Minister of Environment, Government Plenipotentiary for Climate Policy and Jarosław Zieliński, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration. Opening the meeting, Minister Henryk Kowalczyk emphasised:
The COP24 Summit is of crucial importance for Poland. We are expecting nearly 40,000 delegates, including many heads of state. The organisation of the climate conference is a great challenge for Poland, both in terms of its content, as well as logistics. However, I am convinced that we will succeed in carrying out all the necessary tasks.
COP24 Summit Organisation Team
The Team was established on the basis of the Act on special arrangements for the organisation of the session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It comprises the representatives of a number of organisations, including: Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior and Administration, National Police Headquarters, National Fire Service Headquarters, Border Guard Headquarters, Internal Security Agency (ABW), National Security Services, Silesian Voivode, Mayor of the City of Katowice and a member of the Metropolitan Association.
During the meeting, participants have raised the most important issues related to the organisation of the COP24 Summit, including diplomatic protocol issues, delegate security and the provision of transport services.
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.
Source: Ministry of the Environment