bangkok zaj enBetween the 4th and 9th of September 2018, the Climate Change Conference in Bangkok was held as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Its main purpose was to accelerate work on the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP).

The discussions focused on draft implementation plan of the Paris Agreement, which must be completed before the 24th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP24) in Poland.

The Bangkok conference was attended by over 1600 participants, including over 1200 government officials and nearly 400 representatives of United Nations bodies and agencies, intergovernmental organizations, civil society organizations as well as the media.

Specialists from the PGI-NRI, Urszula Czarniecka-Januszczyk and Dr Izabela Ploch took part in the conference as leading experts supporting the Ministry of the Environment to deal with challenges of adaptation and mitigation of climate change as well as social issues related to it. Geological Survey Organisations (GSOs) can significantly contribute to the process of adapting to climate change, and all activities related to it are very important to us.

Climate Change Conference in Bangkok in progress

The conference was attended by the State Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment, Michał Kurtyka, who as the President of the summit will lead the upcoming COP24 in Katowice in December 2018. Numerous meetings dealing with the programme of the Paris Agreement were held which helped to make significant progress in preparations to the December COP24.

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Urszula Czarniecka-Januszczyk and Izabela Ploch from the PGI-NRI are leading experts supporting the Ministry of the Environment

The organisation team of the COP24 actively cooperated with all Parties participating in the conference despite that Poland formally only takes the presidency of the Convention of Parties in December 2018.

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Waterbus was the daily means of transport to the conference meetings

See also: Bangkok Climate Change Conference - September 2018

Website of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Text: Urszula Czarniecka-Januszczyk, Izabela Ploch
Photos: Urszula Czarniecka-Januszczyk, Izabela Ploch

Translated by Tomasz Żuk