By Caroline Rozynek

The UN climate summits, i.e. so called COP (Conference of the Parties) are global conferences, in the course of which action for climate policy is negotiated. Poland hosted them twice – in 2008, in Poznań and in 2013, in Warsaw.

In December 2018, for the first time, the climate summit will take place in Katowice. In April 2017 the UN technical mission delegates, while visiting the capital of Upper Silesia, appreciated the city’s excellent preparation for the event, including its infrastructure, meeting the highest standards.

The candidacy of Katowice received recognition from Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Development – Mateusz Morawiecki, as well as the Minister of the Environment, Professor Jan Szyszko, who stated that, ‘The whole region of Upper Silesia and Zagłębie is a very important example of what can be achieved through consistent policy of sustainable development and economic transformation. ‘

This year’s summit will include: 24. Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24), 14. Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 14) and the Conference of Signatories to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1).

About 20 thousand people from 190 countries will take part in the event, including politicians, representatives of non-governmental organizations, scientific community and business sector.

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Official Side Event

Mobility transition in our cities: Prioritising people – decarbonising transport

SATURDAY, 8 DECEMBER 2018, 17.30 – 19.00,



Citizens all around the world reclaim their cities. There are convincing benefits to put people rather than cars in the center of the transformation of mobility: huge CO2 savings, new opportunities for urban planning, inclusion of vulnerable groups and new job opportunities.

The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) is working to make this vision a reality on the ground. At the side event, we will present creative ways of mobility transformation, comprising intelligent urban planning, public and private participation, innovative vehicles, new tariff schemes and the power of cooperation across cities and borders.

Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Maria Flachsbarth, will introduce the 2019 TUMI Challenge and speak about decarbonizing urban mobility.

Come by to learn more about joining the TUMI challenge and discuss TUMI‘s vision of the mobility future of our cities. Our experts from around the world are here to discuss with you challenges that cities and people are facing and to introduce you to inspiring innovations, capacity building measures and policy solutions!

Transport Day 2018 at COP24 in Katowice

Transport Day 2018 aims to highlight the strong role of cities in

reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality by

implementing measures in the transport sector. It will showcase best

practice examples from around the globe.

This Transport Day is jointly organized by the European Commission’s CIVITAS Initiative, SLoCaT on behalf of the PPMC, and is hosted and supported by the City of Katowice. The Transport Day 2018 is on Thursday, December 6th at the Miejski Dom Kultury Bogucice – Zawodzie (a 10-15 minute walk from the COP venue). No COP accreditation is required to attend and participation is free of charge.

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