Informal Ministerial Consultations Held in Preparation for COP14

Cop09 14 October 2008: More than 40 environment ministers and

high-level representatives held talks in Warsaw, Poland, from 13-14 October

2008, to prepare for the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP14) to the UNFCCC,

scheduled to take place in December 2008 in Poznań, Poland. During the informal

consultations, which were chaired by Maciej Nowicki, Minister of Environment of

Poland and future COP14 President, participants underscored that Poznań will be

a milestone for the new global climate agreement and agreed that the current

financial crisis should not hinder efforts to tackle climate change.

Discussions focused on progress achieved so far according to Bali Action Plan,

and the development of a long-term common vision of cooperation on climate

change. It was also agreed that during COP14's high level segment, round tables

of ministers and heads of delegation would take place to develop a long-term

vision for climate protection. Based on these consultations, Nowicki's

negotiating strategy for COP14 will be prepared. [COP14

News Release]