Poland ready for COP24

Poland is ready for the COP24 climate conference, Environment Minister Henryk Kowalczyk said on Tuesday in Warsaw. Kowalczyk said preparations for the meeting, scheduled on December 2-14 in the southern-Polish city of Katowice, had been a major organisational challenge.

"Behind us are many months of intensive (...) preparations, which required the cooperation of thousands of people in a variety of services and institutions. Today we are pleased to say that everyone has done their job well and Katowice is ready to receive guests from all over the world," Kowalczyk informed.

Kowalczyk said the 40,000 sqm conference premises will consist of eight zones with conference rooms, offices and other installations, all equipped with specially-constructed IT and energy systems.

Kowalczyk stressed that as the conference organiser, Poland will try to ensure the best-possible working conditions for the delegates, and voiced hope that the meeting will achieve its planned results, especially regarding the passage of legislation needed to fully implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and emission reduction.

Commenting Poland's stance towards the Paris document, Kowalczyk said Poland wanted the agreement to leave signatories a free choice as to their emission reduction methods and climate/energy policy, which they should be allowed to gear to their possibilities and access to energy sources. He added that Poland saw itself as "an advocate of a balanced approach to combatting climate change."

The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) will take place on December 2-14 in Katowice, south Poland. Expected at the meeting are close to 30 thousand delegates from all over the world, including government leaders and ministers responsible for environmental policy.

Planned during the meeting is the adoption of executive legislation for the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, the world's first international agreement obliging all the world's countries to work towards climate protection.