COP19 will not be the first United Nations Climate Change Conference hosted in Poland. In December 2008 in Poznań COP 14 (The fourteenth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), along with The fourth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol) took place and was Europe’s biggest political summit ever organised in Poland and in this part of Europe.
The Conference was officially organised by the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and hosted by the Government of the Republic of Poland, while the preparations were coordinated by the Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Poland. COP14 was attended by more than 12 thousand participants: more than 190 government delegations headed by the Ministers for the Environment or Climate Change, international institutions, environmental, business and research non-governmental organisations and media.
COP14 was a great organisational success. This success comprised several factors, such as well-prepared and well-managed hotel infrastructure, accompanied by a guest registration system, comfortable transportation for summit attendees or introducing a unique mobile application which helped the attendees in accessing necessary information: most up-to-date bus and tram schedules, MTP fairground plan, basic English-Polish dictionary or a daily COP 14 programme. The conference also featured over 150 side events. Some of the solutions introduced during COP14 were so well perceived, they became permanent features used during the subsequent Climate Change Conferences.
By organising COP14 Poland proved to be capable of standing up to the high UN standards concerning organizational skills and possibilities. The participants and observers had a unique chance to get to know about Poland – its beauty and rich cultural offer. This year Poland takes up the challenge again. Before we see you in Warsaw, we encourage you to look at the most memorable moments and places from COP14!