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What is the UN Climate Summit (COP24)?

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.


The youth will talk about climate change
At the turn of November and December, young people from all over the world will come to Katowice to talk about climate change.
COP24 friendly - Silesian hospitality
The COP24 friendly project is a unique and interesting initiative of Silesian restaurants, pubs and shops, prepared for the participants of the UN Climate Summit. The programme will be implemented in five categories: breakfast, lunch, dinner, clubbing and shopping.
100 oaks for the 100th anniversary of independence
City's inhabitants, local government officials and invited guests planted 100 trees in the Osiedle Tysiąclecia district of Katowice. In this unique way, Katowice celebrated the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence.
Become a volunteer at COP!
Are you interested in climate and environment protection? Do you want to be a part of the international community which works for our future?
UN with a visit to Katowice
The representatives of the UNFCCC Secretariat have been staying in Poland since Sunday, 27th May.
Agreement with the city of Katowice on COP24 signed
Henryk Kowalczyk, Minister of Environment, and Marcin Krupa, Mayor of Katowice, signed an agreement on the 15th of May 2018 regarding the organisation of the COP24 climate summit in Katowice.
See what you can do for the environment
Segregate waste by putting it in the specially designated bins. Remember to empty the containers completely before discarding them.
President of the Republic of Poland signed a law on special measures to ensure efficient organization of the COP24 conference.
The law should create the right conditions for hosting COP24 in Katowice.
COP24 December 2017
From 4th to 7th December another technical mission of the UNFCCC Secretariat and the Ministry of the Environment
The next year COP24 will be held in Katowice
In search for good practices and best solutions, the Katowice City delegation has visited Bonn during COP23.
Katowice during COP23 in Bonn
You are welcome to visit our stand from 6 to 17 November 2017
Replacement of boilers
In accordance with the anti-smog resolution, the Municipal Housing Facility (KZGM) is intensifying its action and plans to change the heating system in dwellings which comprise the Council housing stock.
Blues between the Rhein and the Rawa
That night will be a real treat for blues lovers. ”The Katowice-Cologne Sister Cities Association” invites you to a cultural evening entitled ”Blues between the Rhein and the Rawa”, which will take place on 10th November at 7 p.m. in the hall of Forum Volkshochschule w Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Köln-Neumarkt.

Why Katowice?


Revitalization of the former coal mining area enabled the establishment of the Culture Zone – a unique space on the national scale. The new headquarters of the Silesian Museum, NOSPR (Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra) and the International Congress Centre in the vicinity of the legendary "Saucer" bring prestige to the city, attracting both locals and tourists to its center.


Katowice is not only a city inhabited by approximately 300 thousand people but also the heart of Upper-Silesia and Zagłębie Metropolis, integrating 41 cities and municipalities, populated by more than 2 million people. The urban body created in July 2017 is an expression of joint commitment and concern for the welfare of the region, which offers a real opportunity for accelerated, dynamic development.


The region which is traditionally associated with coal mining and heavy industry gradually strives to become a leader in innovation and new technologies. These ambitions are reflected in the development of modern business sectors and sustainable investments.


Katowice, as the host of many international events, is perfectly prepared to host large conferences. The state-of-the-art congress centre, well-developed hotel facilities and transport network are the characteristics that make the capital of the conurbation the city of business tourism.


The city with extensive experience in levelling the effects of long-term environmental degradation. Thanks to the efforts made, the quality of air, the condition of the environment as well as the standard of inhabitants’ life are clearly improving.


Three international airports (KTW and KRK, OSR), two motorways, national and regional roads, modern rail and public transportation make up an extensive transport network that provides the possibility to easily reach the city from almost every part of the country and the world.

About Katowice

Katowice is a fairly young, only slightly more than 150-year-old city in the South of Poland. It is one of the most developed business centres in the country, with a significant share of industrial activity. It is the capital of the Silesian Voivodship, and from 1st July 2017 – the largest city of the Upper Silesia and Zagłębie Metropolis, inhabited by over 2 million people. It is home to renowned academic, medical and cultural institutions. The hallmark of Katowice is the "Saucer" sports and entertainment arena with its shape resembling a UFO, which has hosted many international music stars, and more.

Katowice Climate

Katowice is located in the humid continental climate zone, with warm summer, mild winter and moderate rainfall throughout the year. In December 2018, when the UN Climate Summit (COP24) will be taking place, during the day the temperature may range from 0 to + 5 degrees Celsius, and at night – it may fall below zero. It will be also likely to snow, which may be accompanied by high overcast and chilly winds. Consequently, the Conference participants are recommended to prepare warm overcoats and moisture and cold-resistant footwear. Winter hats, scarves, gloves and umbrellas will also come in handy. The current weather forecast for Katowice can be checked at: Weather forecast


Become a volunteer at COP!

Are you interested in climate and environment protection? Do you want to be a part of the international community which works for our future? Join the team of volunteers of the world forum on climate change which will take place in Katowice, a dynamic capital of a two million people metropolis.

Become a volunteer