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Marcin Korolec, former Minister of Environment, President of COP19 Climate Summit held in 2013 in Warsaw

COP24 and its effects are a success of the United Nations, climate policy and Poland. What could not be finalised in Katowice, will be finalised during the next summit in Chile or during subsequent meetings - says Marcin Korolec, former Minister of Environment, President of COP19 Climate Summit held in 2013 in Warsaw, currently CEO at the Electric Vehicles Promotion Foundation, in an interview with WNP.PL.

  • Poland has a very beautiful contribution to the global climate policy. Foundations of the Paris Agreement were defined during COP19 held in Warsaw in 2013. In 2015, the parties accepted its assumptions and in 2018 in Katowice they established the rules for the implementation of this agreement - says Marcin Korolec.
  • The UN is an organization that groups richer and poorer countries. All arrangements are made through consensus and this should be taken into account - he recalls.
  • COP24 in Katowice is a good moment to start serious discussions on climate. We have some achievements in this respect, but we also have a lot to do - he estimates.


Marcin Korolec, former Minister of Environment, President of COP19 Climate Summit held in 2013 in Warsaw, currently CEO at the Electric Vehicles Promotion Foundation. Photo PTWP

What do you think about the COP24 summit that ended on Saturday?

-      The importance of this event is evidenced by the fact that the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres personally supported the Polish Presidency and all other parties in concluding a compromise. He took part at the very beginning, the middle and at the end of the meeting in Katowice. He did it in a very active way, which proves the importance of the established arrangements.

Poland has a very beautiful contribution to the global climate policy. Foundations of the Paris Agreement were defined during COP19 held in Warsaw in 2013. In 2015, the parties accepted its assumptions and in 2018 in Katowice they established the rules for the implementation of this agreement.

There are opinions that Antonio Guterres's active participation in COP24 is a proof that Polish presidency is weak and needs a lot of support. What do you think about it?

-      I don't agree with this opinion. We had a good COP president, Michal Kurtyka. We had an excellent negotiating team and great experts who have extensive experience in this process. And the fact that the Secretary-General of the United Nations got involved in the COP negotiations shows how important matters were discussed and how hard it was to reach a compromise. It also shows the scale of established arrangements.

It must be remembered that the Paris Agreement puts all UN member states at the same level when it comes to climate commitments. It was important to establish uniform rules and principles for the implementation of this agreement. It was extremely difficult to negotiate. The uniformity of implementing rules (the so-called rulebook) for all countries is a great success.

The final agreement concluded in Katowice does not include any information on how to achieve the particulars provided for in art. 6 of the Paris Agreement, which is why some people criticise the whole process. Is it reasonable?

-      The rules for the implementation of the Kyoto Agreement have been discussed for 10 years. The Paris Agreement was concluded three years ago. We are pleased that so much has been determined, I believe that this is a very big achievement. Of course, it is a pity that we couldn't determine everything, but there will be more presidencies. We should be happy with what we have.

The UN is an organization that groups richer and poorer countries. All arrangements are made through consensus and this should be taken into account. The things that were not established now will be determined later. The world doesn't rise and fall in Katowice. There will be more discussions in Chile and there will be next presidencies. We should be happy with what was established instead of looking for holes.

Will the summit in Katowice affect the discussion about climate issues in Poland?

-      This is a good moment for us to start a retreat related to the approach and commitment to climate protection in Poland. We have some achievements in this respect, but we also have a lot to do. We should pay attention to what part of the responsibility we should take. This is a good moment to start serious discussions on climate.

Is COP24 and its effects a success that can be attributed to Poland?

-      COP24 and its effects are a common success of the UN, climate policy and Poland.

On Saturday, December 15, the parties of the UN climate summit in Katowice adopted a final document of the COP24 conference, the so-called “Katowice Climate Package”. The document is a “road map” of the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

 
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