Polish PM says climate summit reconciled different stances

The UN climate summit that ended in the Polish southern city of Katowice on Saturday managed to align a number of differing positions, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday as he summed up the two-week COP24 conference.

The prime minister said that COP24 had exceeded the government's expectations as he thanked the Polish negotiation team for integrating the stances of all the countries present at the summit. Morawiecki thanked his ministers, COP24 President Michał Kurtyka and Poland's President Andrzej Duda.

"In Katowice, we agreed the Katowice Package, i.e. a package of many changes related (...) to reporting, but also targets to be achieved and guidelines to the roadmap that had been set out three years before in Paris," Morawiecki said.

The Katowice rule book is yet another milestone on the road to a cleaner environment and the reduction of CO2 emissions, alongside the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, according to Morawiecki, who also recalled Katowice declarations on just transformation, electromobility and forests.