President, UN Secretary General open COP24 climate summit in Katowice

President Andrzej Duda and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres are attending Monday's official opening of the COP24 climate summit, which has started in Katowice, south Poland.

The opening is accompanied by a so-called High Level Panel, whose speakers include Duda, Guterres, COP23 President and Fijian state head Frank Bainimarama, UN General Assembly head Maria Fernanda Espinosa, COP24 President Michał Kurtyka, Polish Environment Minister Henryk Kowalczyk and Katowice Mayor Marcin Krupa.

On Monday in Katowice, Duda will also meet Slovenian President Borut Pahor, Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Swiss President Alain Berset, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic, Fijian President Josaia Voreque Bainimarama (Frank Bainimarama), and Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov.

Also on Monday, heads of state will be asked to adopt the Declaration on Just Transition, drafted by the Polish government, dedicated to ensuring a fair and solidarity-based transformation that will help to protect the climate while maintaining economic development and jobs.

The COP24 summit will continue until December 14, its main objective is the passage of legislation implementing the Paris Agreement.