COP24 KATOWICE 2018
Preliminary information on the COP24
Between December 3 and 14, 2018, the COP24, Conference of Parties of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be held in the Polish city of Katowice. Patricia Espinosa, its executive secretary and coordinator of the event said that "2018 will be another important year for international climate diplomacy as countries move forward in the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change. In fact, in 2018 we hope to achieve a series of key achievements (...). Among those milestones is to finalize the guidelines to make the agreement fully operational, as well as to take stock of the achievements that countries are making collectively to achieve the Paris objectives and achieve the level of ambition necessary in the years and decades to come. (...) The expansion and better management and conservation of forests will be fundamental to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement. In fact, we are going to need to see progress in all sectors of the economy if we want to take advantage of the full potential of the Paris Agreement in this century."
It will be the third time that Poland serves as the stage for this important conference. Previously it had been Poznań in 2008 for COP14 and Warsaw in 2013 for COP19. In addition, Poland presided over the COP5 that was held in Bonn, Germany, in 1999. The group of Eastern European countries was the one who chose Poland to hold the 2018 COP and this in turn selected Katowice as the host city for the climate conference. The meeting will be chaired by Professor Jan Szyszko, Minister of Environment of Poland, who has informed that about 30,000 delegates from around the world will participate in the event, including heads of government and ministers responsible for environmental and climate problems.
Katowice is a fairly extensive region of Poland, center of heavy industry. The mountainous areas of Katowice are rich in coal, the extraction of which made the city jump to the global economic arena. There is a large number of factories in its territory. The city is declared a Musical Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. It is a very beautiful and touristic city due to the numerous historical and cultural monuments that attract travelers. Some of the most notable buildings are the Silesian Museum and the Cathedral of Christ the King and the St Mary’s Catholic Church.