Former COP presidents to support Polish presidency

The Council of Presidents of the Conference of the Parties (COP) was inaugurated during a meeting of the French Constitutional Council, held on the initiative of Polish deputy Environment Minister and the future COP24 climate summit president Michał Kurtyka.

The Council of Presidents is planned as a top-level platform which will enable the exchange of experiences related to the organisation of UN climate summits and to define the challenges and opportunities facing the international community.

"The establishing of an advisory-consultative body with broad influence and global prestige has a chance to significantly contribute to the success of the Katowice climate summit," Kurtyka was quoted as saying in a press release published by the Environment Ministry.

The establishing of the Council of Presidents is the result of cooperation between Kurtyka and the COP 2015 president, Laurent Fabius.

The COP summit is the highest body of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). Decisions made at COP summits map out global climate policy for the following years.

The Katowice summit will focus on the negotiation of an Implementation Package for the Paris Agreement, the world's first international agreement obliging all countries to work towards climate protection and establish climate policy budgets.

The summit, which will take place on December 3-14, 2018, is expected to attract over 30,000 attendees from 200 countries.

The programme of the UN climate summit in Katowice envisages the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 24), the 14th meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 14), and a meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1).

Poland will host the climate conference for the third time. The first summit was held in Poznan (western Poland) in 2008 and the second in Warsaw in 2013.