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Climate conference could lead to ‘fair transformation of economies’: president

The Polish president has said he hopes that talks at a climate summit in Poland this December will result in a “declaration of solidarity,” public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported on Tuesday.

President Andrzej Duda was speaking in Rome at a session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations when he said that solidarity could lead to a “fairer transformation of global economies”.

Meanwhile, this December, the southern Polish city of Katowice – the heart of Poland’s coal mining industry – is to host COP24, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Duda said that Katowice were an example of a city where “fair climate change transformation” was taking place successfully, and where economic growth and prosperity among locals was hand-in-hand with “a more balanced future”.

“Though implementing daring policies on climate, biodiversity, and fighting desertification, we will give future generations a safer and more balanced world,” Duda added.

Tens of thousands of politicians, scientists, activists and businesspeople from 190 countries are expected to attend the summit in Katowice.

Poland has hosted the annual climate change conference twice already, in Warsaw in 2013 and in Poznań in 2008.

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