The 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 24) closed at midnight, on December 15, 2018 after a delay of one and a half days due to heated discussions among the parties. While this conference aimed at adopting a set of guidelines to effectively implement the goals of the Paris Agreement in 2015, significantly, surpassing the interests and gaps between developed and developing countries, both sides agreed to follow environmental regulations with their common policy and responsibility. It was really a rare case that they had overcome the separation between the two. In this sense, they left a great achievement in the history of international relations.
While the environmental policies worldwide aim at the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is necessary for both developed and developing countries to cooperate with each other in bearing the costs of activities to implement those goals.
In recent years, the concept of ‘circulating economy’ is widely known in the world. It means that the environmental policy and economic growth are circulated, helping each other. In other words, if an enterprise strengthens its environmental policy, its credibility will increase, its innovations will be promoted, and its capacities to compete with other enterprises will be enhanced. It goes without saying that all participating countries in COP 24 have learned a lot from each other about their environmental policies.
I would like to express my sincere respect to President of COP 24, Mr. Michal Kurtyka, Secretary of State in the Environment Ministry of Poland, for his leadership in managing all parties participating in COP 24.