Poland is seeking to host next year’s United Nations climate summit, which is scheduled to take place in an eastern European country, Environment Minister Marcin Korolec said.
“We have experience organizing the 2008 Conference of Parties and heading the European Union delegation at the previous climate summit,” Korolec said by e-mail yesterday. “We know how to grow and cut emissions. All ingredients are there for a good negotiation session.”
Climate envoys worldwide aim to negotiate a new global agreement to cut greenhouse gases, which scientists blame for climate change. At the last summit in Durban, South Africa, more than 190 nations agreed to adopt by 2015 a pollution-curbing deal with legal force to be enacted by 2020 and to include both industrialized and poor countries.
The decision on which country will host the 2013 gathering will be taken during this year’s summit in Doha, Qatar, next month. The Polish candidacy, which has already been approved by the government, now needs backing from eastern European countries, according to the Environment Ministry. The hosting of the meetings rotates between regional groups.
“By aspiring to organize the next conference of parties we are sending a clear signal that the main priority of climate policy should be the signing of a global deal,” Korolec said. “Europe will only be able to lead the process if we manage to convince our partners to join.”
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