Today, Minister of Environment Henryk Kowalczyk signed an agreement with the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Poland, defining the obligations of both parties resulting from the organisation of the December COP24 climate summit in Katowice. On behalf of the UN, the agreement was signed by Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
This Host-Country Agreement  contains the obligations of the host country and sets the legal basis for the organisation of the event.
“The signing of the Agreement sums up the process of negotiating this document and serves as the final formal element of the organisational preparations for an important international event – the COP24 climate summit,” said Minister Henryk Kowalczyk.
“Our joint efforts to this date show the great importance that Poland and the United Nations attach to the success of the summit in Katowice. We have built very strong foundations for further actions and I am certain that successful cooperation and our mutual trust will contribute to the smooth organisation of the climate conference and to their ultimate success in the form of a package of decisions implementing the Paris Agreement,” the Minister of Environment added.
“With the devastating impacts of climate change increasingly evident throughout the world, it’s crucial that Parties achieve the primary goal of COP24: finalizing the Paris Agreement Work Programme. This will not only unleash the full potential of the Paris Agreement, but send a signal of trust that nations are serious about addressing climate change,” stressed Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The agreement details the general obligations arising from the membership of the Republic of Poland in the United Nations and its status of a party to the Convention, and its aim is to regulate particular aspects of the organisation of the upcoming session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention in Poland, in accordance with the administrative guidelines of the United Nations.
COP24 – the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – will take place on 3–14 December in Katowice. The event will be attended by nearly 30000 delegates from all over the world, including heads of governments and ministers responsible for environment and climate issues.
The plan for the COP24 summit is to adopt a full package implementing the Paris Agreement. The Agreement is the first international agreement in history, which compels all countries in the world to take action on climate protection. The implementation package will allow for the implementation of the Agreement in practice. It will thus set global climate and energy policy for the coming years.
 Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement concerning the twenty-fourth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the fourteenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, the third part of the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement and sessions of subsidiary bodies.