Source: Republic of Poland in English
President Andrzej Duda said in Rome on Tuesday that one of the conditions of world peace is “the permanent struggle of the international community aimed at eliminating hunger.” He added that environment protection was necessary to reach this goal.
Addressing a plenary session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the President stressed that October 16, World Food Day, was for every Pole a special date as 40 years ago Karol Wojtyła was elected pope. He recalled that in 2001, Pope John Paul II told the 31st FAO Conference that various injustices were changing the world into a desert while hunger affecting millions of people was the worst possible injustice.
He also underlined that such a situation “has a negative influence on peace among nations.”
The Polish head of state said that, in his opinion, natural environment protection was an inseparable part of a plan aimed at eliminating hunger, and added that Poland believes that “the permanent struggle of the international community in order to eliminate hunger is one of the conditions of world peace.”
President Duda referred to the forthcoming COP24 summit in Poland’s southern city of Katowice in December and emphasised that “it is the people who should be in the focus of talks by world leaders about climate.”
“Poland will be leading climate negotiations for the fourth time. This time our presidency will be taking place during the key stage of the Paris Agreement implementation,” he went on to say.
According to President Duda, the implementation of the Paris Agreement is designed to develop low-emission economies which are resistant to climate change.
He underlined that it was necessary to find balance between carbon dioxide emissions and its absorption by eco-systems, and stressed the importance of a wise forest economy as it makes it possible to oppose negative effects of climate change.
The President stressed that Katowice – where the forthcoming summit will take place – was a very good example of a city and a region “where a just transformation connected with climate change has been going on smoothly, while efforts aimed at a more sustainable future are accompanied by an economic growth and the growing prosperity of the local population.”
He also expressed his hope that the climate summit in Poland will sign a declaration of solidarity leading to a more just transformation of world economies.
President Duda also met with FAO Director-General Jose Graziano de Silva and visited the headquarters of the UN’s World Food Programme, where he met with WFP Managing Director David Beasley.
The COP24 summit on climate change will take place in Poland’s southern city of Katowice on December 3-14, 2018. The COP (Conference of the Parties) summit is the highest body of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). Decisions made at COP summits map out global climate policy for the following years.(PAP)