Talking Climate and Morocco with COP24 President Michal Kurtyka

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Talking Climate and Morocco with COP24 President Michal Kurtyka

Rabat – Michal Kurtyka is President of the UN Conference of Parties (COP) 24, responsible for overseeing international cooperation on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in its 24th year. Kurtyka organized and oversaw COP24 in Katowice, where 196 countries agreed on the Katowice Rulebook to concretely implement the 2015 Paris Agreement’s principles.

Kurtyka will apply his leadership at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23. He will take part in sharing a Just Transition report, developed following the “Solidarity and Just Transition” conference in Warsaw this July. The COP24 Presidency will also work alongside the Secretariat of the UNFCCC to organize a 25th anniversary event for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

A week before the summit, Kurtyka agreed to sit down with me at the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises’s (CGEM) second annual Universite d’Ete (Summer University), focused on entrepreneurship, in Casablanca. Secretary of State for Poland’s Ministry of Environment, the high-ranking technocrat’s approachable, kind demeanor invited a meaningful exchange.