President hopes for climate summit success

The Polish President Andrzej Duda (L) and his aide Paweł Mucha (R). Photo: PAP/Marcin Obara

Polish president Andrzej Duda expressed his hope for success of the forthcoming COP24 climate summit in Katowice, southern Poland.

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The President attended a meeting of National Council for Development, which was devoted to the upcoming event.

“The negotiations that will take place during the Katowice summit will be very difficult,” President Duda said. He added that reaching an agreement will not be easy.

“I believe that representatives of all countries will approach this responsibly and that we will finally be able to work out decisions and this Katowice summit will end in success," the president said.

Security measures

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, known as COP24, will be held in Katowice on December 2-14. One of the major tasks of the event will be to work out and adopt a package of decisions ensuring the full implementation of the Paris Agreement, in accordance with the decisions adopted in Paris in 2015 (COP21) and in Marrakesh, Morocco, in 2016 (CMA1.1).

On Monday, law enforcement introduced the terror alert ”Alpha” (the lowest level) in Katowice and Kraków, also southern Poland, due to the organisation of the summit.

The security checks will be temporarily reintroduced to the borders with the Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, and Slovakia.

The “Spodek” hall and the International Congress Centre in Katowice, where the main events of the summit will take place, will be exterritorial areas, under the jurisdiction of the United Nations.

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