Polish PM appoints new chair for UN climate change conference
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The Polish prime minister has named Deputy Energy Minister Michał Kurtyka to chair a United Nations climate change conference that Poland will host in December.
Polish Deputy Energy Minister Michał Kurtyka. Photo: me.gov.pl
But former Environment Minister Jan Szyszko, who was previously chosen to preside over the conference, insisted that he intended to continue in the role, adding that a change of chairman without international consent could be a violation of UN rules, the money.pl website reported.
The COP 24 conference will be held in the southern Polish city of Katowice, and a representative of the Polish government will preside over the event.
Kurtyka is a deputy energy minister who “is directly responsible for technological development and for introducing innovation in the energy sector as well as for the implementation of climate and energy policy in the fuel and gas sector,” his ministry has said in a statement.
Ex-environment minister objects
Meanwhile, former Environment Minister Szyszko has issued a statement in which he signalled that he objected to the new appointment, according to money.pl.
Szyszko said he himself intended to preside over the conference following his selection for the role at a previous climate change conference (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany, in November last year, the money.pl website reported.
Szyszko indicated that he believed his appointment as president of the COP 24 conference remained valid even though he has since lost his post as Poland’s environment minister.
As is the case with the UN secretary-general, the post goes to an individual rather than to a person in his capacity as an official of a given country, he added.
He also said that appointing a new chair for the conference required international consultation and the consent of countries that approved the original appointment. “Otherwise we will be dealing with a violation of UN rules,” he said.
Szyszko lost his post as environment minister in a Cabinet reshuffle in January. He was replaced by Henryk Kowalczyk.