The COP19 climate conference will be the most important global climate policy event this year. Representatives of around 200 countries have announced their participation at the conference i.e. the signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This includes representatives of governments, the UN, EU and various NGOs. According to estimates of the Ministry of Environment, over 20,000 people will participate in COP19. COP refers to the ‘Conference of the Parties’, commonly used to describe a formal annual meeting of representatives of countries that are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Every year, a different country from a different region of the world holds the summit. This year it is in Poland, although Poland’s role is not purely organisational. From this point on right up to the first day of COP20, which will take place in Peru, the Polish Environment Minister Marcin Korolec will be the head of COP. He will preside over ongoing negotiations and his work will aim at helping all parties reach a consensus on all issues. For the next year, Poland will lead the activities of the development of climate policy around the world.
- COP19 begins in Warsaw (blueandgreentomorrow.com)
- Climate Talks Open In Warsaw (rferl.org)
- ‘Loss and damage’: agenda of Warsaw talks (thehindu.com)