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  • 11 October 2018

    COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

     

    The UNFCCC is a “Rio Convention”, one of three adopted at the “Rio Earth Summit” in 1992. The UNFCCC entered into force on 21 March 1994. Today, it has near-universal membership. The countries that have ratified the Convention are called Parties to the Convention. Preventing “dangerous” human interference with the climate system is the ultimate aim of the UNFCCC.

    The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme body of the UNFCCC Convention. It consists of the representatives of the Parties to the Convention. It holds its sessions every year. The COP takes decisions which are necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the provisions of the Convention and regularly reviews the implementation of these provisions.

    In accordance with a decision of the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Convention (COP22) in Marrakesh in November 2016, the successive climate summit will be held in Poland. Poland was selected to host this event within the framework of the Eastern European Group (EEG).

    Poland will hold the Presidency of the Climate Convention for the third time.

    COP24 will take place from 3-14 December 2018, in Katowice, Poland.

     

    Visas

    Unless you are a citizen of a country that is waived from visa requirement or already hold a visa, you are required to apply for one in order to travel to Poland to participate in the Conference. Poland is part of the Schengen Area, which means that short-term Schengen visas issued by Poland are valid throughout the territory of all 26 Schengen states: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

    Citizens of the following third countries are not required to be in possession of a visa when entering Poland for less than 90 days:

    http://www.msz.gov.pl/en/travel_to_poland/entering_poland/visa_free/visa_free_countries

    Please bear in mind that a set of very specific documents must be prepared when applying for a  Schengen visa.

    1.A copy of the acknowledgement letter from the UNFCCC Online Registration System (ORS) https://onlinereg.unfccc.int/ and a notification must be attached to the application as proof of the purpose of the journey. It is recommended that you indicate in your visa application that you will attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP24.

    2.You are  obliged to provide proof of sufficient financial means (the recommended minimum amount per day is 75 EUR) and accommodation (hotel booking). You can provide bank statements (3 months prior), pay slips etc.

    3.Every participant is required to purchase travel medical insurance that covers the entire stay. If you are travelling twice, it is necessary that you obtain insurance that covers the time period of both stays. The insurance should be valid on the territory of all Schengen states, not only Poland. The policy should cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death. Minimum coverage is 30 000 EUR. Please refer to insurance companies which often provide tailored policies.

    4.There are special requirements which your passport must meet:

    •its validity should extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Schengen states;

    •it needs to contain at least two blank pages;

    •it shall have been issued within the previous 10 years.

    Please check carefully that the visa covers the full period of participation in the forthcoming sessions of the Conference of the Parties. In your application, please also indicate if a Schengen visa has been issued to you in the last 59 months.

    You are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate consular authorities as soon as you successfully register and receive an official notification. The issuance of a visa may take up to two weeks from the date of submission of the visa application. However, due to an often substantial workload of the consular posts, you might have to wait significant time for your visa appointment. Failing to file the application on time may result in you not being able to participate in the Conference.

    For more information, participants are kindly advised to visit the website of the territorially competent consular post of Poland to learn the location where visa should be applied for.

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