The opening of COP19 in Warsaw in the shade of Philippines' super typhoon Haiyan.

His Excellency Mr. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, President of COP18/CMP8 has passed on his seat to the President Elect of COP19/CMP9 Marcin Korolec, who at the same moment became the President Elect of COP19/CMP9 till the next COP in Lima in 2014.

Passing on the seat has been preceded by speech of His Excellency Mr. Abdullah Bin Hamid Al-Attiyah who welcomed everyone, congratulated Poland its Independence Day and thanked for hospitality. He also referred to the agreements achieved in Doha while underlined the need of continuing and supporting those agreements, as he said: “I hope that the agreements from Doha will be supported for the good of the planet earth”.  President of COP18/CMP8 expressed a hope that agreements from Warsaw will help to reach greater consensus at the COP21/CMP11 in Paris and also declared his support for the President of COP 19/CMP9.

The speech has been followed by the presentation of Marcin Korolec as a President Elect of COP 19/CMP9 to the assembly performed by His Excellency Mr. Abdullah Bin Hamid Al-Attiyah. Next the President Elect has been elected to the position of President COP19/CMP9 by acclamation.

Newly elected President COP19/CMP9 Marcin Korolec gave a speech and thanked previous President for his support and also Executive Secretary of UNFCCC Christiana Figueres and President of City of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz. Marcin Korolec underlined that the work that needs to be done in Warsaw “Will not be easy.He also regretted victims and all who suffered from super typhoon, which recently destroyed Philippines and other countries in that region.

While speaking about the challenges, which are ahead of the Warsaw’s conference, Marcin Korolec said: “Changing climate is a global issue and a global problem, but also a great opportunity. One country can not make a difference, but all together can. All countries are different, but it may be an advantage. Each party may bring its best for the good of all of us.

At the end of his speech Marcin Korolec wished everyone good COP19.

The next speaker Executive Secretary of UNFCCC Christiana Figueres thanked previous speakers and also Polish Government and President of City of Warsaw for the preparation of the conference and hospitality. Executive Secretary of UNFCCC expressed a hope that the event in Warsaw will drive to the point which bring everyone step closer to the greater agreement in Paris in 2015. In the end of her speech Christiana Figures referred to the venue of the conference saying: “As the conference takes place at the stadium I would like to refer to the Olympics motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius – what means Faster, Higher, Stronger and I hope it will be guiding us during our work here”.

All gathered people were also welcomed by President of the City of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, who underlined that Warsaw is one of the most “green” cities in Europe and as only city in the world performed and published “sustainable report”. The President also wished everyone “Good time in Warsaw”.
    
Next Beata Jaczewska – Head of Polish Delegation presented a short movie on people who live at Kiribati in village called “Poland”. The movie presented day-to-day life of the native community who struggles everyday makes theirself living. Local child narrated the movie. The movie underlined threats of global warming that are visible for the inhabitants of this small island, as they have to wait for the rainy days to get a drinking water. It was also mentioned that due to rising level of the Oceans, the area of the island decreases year by year what will drive one day into a float of the island.

After all planned speeches newly elected President COP19/CMP9 Marci Korolec proposed to the assembly 3 minutes of silence to commemorate victims and all who suffered from the typhoon which hit recently Philippines and neighboring countries.

Soon after that meaningful moment the President of COP19/CMP9 continued to proceed with all required procedures such as adopting: rules procedure; agenda and also election of the officers other than President and admission of organizations as observers.

During the session many countries have requested the right to make a statement, above the all, the most significant was the statement delivered by the representative of the Philippian delegation who in his first words thanked for all the support and all kind words towards his country, which has been touched by the tragedy. However most of his speech was much more emotional and referred to the super typhoon which destroyed his country and caused the death of thousands of people.

In his statement Yeb Sano – Philippines lead negotiator, Head of Delegation underlined that this “massive devastation” should be a warning to the whole world and “it's time to stop this madness”.

Long, exceeding over a set 3 minutes time limit statement was very warm received by the assembly what was expressed by the a stand-up applause preformed by some people gathered at the plenary session.

 

See the pictures from the first day of COP19/CMP9 in the gallery.

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