UN climate change conference opens in Poland

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POLAND (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The UN Climate Change Conference (СОР24) opened in Katowice in southern Poland, the RIA correspondent reports.

The main objective of the participants of the 24th conference is to discuss ways to implement the provisions of the Paris Climate Agreement, adopted in 2015.

About 30 thousand delegates from all over the world, including government leaders and ministers responsible for environmental and climate issues, arrived in Poland to participate in the conference.

Several celebrities will also attend the forum, for example, Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio and his acting colleague, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Russia will be represented at the conference by the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Dmitry Kobylkin. It is expected that the Russian delegation at СОР24 will be headed by presidential adviser, special presidential envoy for climate issues Ruslan Edelgeriyev.

The delegation will include representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Roshydromet and the Ministry of Economic Development.

Poland hosts a similar forum for the third time – previous UN climate events took place in Poznan in 2008 and Warsaw in 2013. This time Katowice and Gdansk competed for the venue of СОР24. The Polish authorities have allocated about $ 70 million to organize the event.

Unprecedented security measures have been taken in connection with the conference in southern Poland. Prime Minister Mateusz Moravsky, by his order, introduced the first, lowest level of the terrorist threat Alpha here. Also at the time of the conference, Poland temporarily restored border controls at the borders with the countries of the Schengen zone.

The Paris Climate Agreement is the first global climate agreement signed by 194 countries in December 2015, it defines a global action plan to curb global warming.

The agreement does not imply the abandonment of fossil fuels and the limitation of carbon dioxide emissions. However, all parties must take measures to reduce emissions, retool and adapt to climate change. Russia signed, but has not yet ratified the agreement.

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