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Wednesday, 12 March 2008

President of RP met with Albert A. Gore

On 12 March 2008, President of the Republic of Poland Mr Lech Kaczyński met in the Presidential Palace with former US Vice-President Mr Albert A. Gore.

After the meeting, the Presidents made press statements. President Lech Kaczyński made the following points:

“I wish to express my satisfaction with the visit by President Albert Gore. I have a pleasure of meeting not only the former Vice-President of the United States, a Nobel Prize Winner, a man of greatest stature in the world when it comes to climate-related problems, protection against climate change, new technologies to reduce environmental pollution and thus contributing to the stabilisation of climate on our planet. This is a crucially important activity. We know that there are persons, also very serious ones who are questioning climate change, nevertheless the overwhelming majority of experts on the subject point to the fact that these changes do proceed and are dangerous to our entire planet. And being dangerous to our planet, they are likewise dangerous to mankind and to nature, our natural environment where we live and without which we cannot live. Hence the importance of these activities, the importance which was duly recognized with the Noble Prize award, and I wish to congratulate Mr President once again on that occasion.

The first part of our talks, the talks in private, did not focus on climate problems alone. We were also talking about a few issues related to current political problems. During the luncheon, also our Polish experts specialising the protection of natural resources and in climate will be present. We do hope that among them there will be also Minister Szyszko who chaired world climate conference a few years ago. I trust that this will be an extremely interesting exchange of views on this essential subject which is ever-present not only in the EU debate but also within G8, and indeed all across the world; an issue which produces many political problems since for many reasons the attitude of various countries on that score is varied. There is a question of interrelation between fast-track development on the one hand and climate protection on the other hand, there is a relationship between dynamic growth of industry in the world’s largest, i.e. most populous countries, such as China and India and climate. In other words, this is not a purely technological, biological or nature-related problem; it is a grave political problem of the whole planet. This is a problem which does not require a regional agreement but a global one. I will give one example. Precisely one year ago in March, at the European Council meeting, after a strenuous discussion and with no small contribution from Poland, the European Union committed itself to the reduction of CO2 emission by some 20 per cent by the year 2020. This is not an even distribution since Poland has already substantially lowered its CO2 emissions in the last dozen or so years. But radical as the intended reduction might be, the aggregate CO2 emission from Europe represents only 11.5 per cent of the global emission, so the lowering by 20 per cent will only constitute a global reduction by 2.2 per cent. This points to the fact that Europe should by all means continue along the same lines but also the others should do their homework in order to achieve a globally meaningful result. And this is the core of President’s activities, the activities for which we are greatly indebted to Mr President, also recognizing his success.”
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