This year’s COP27 Climate Summit was held in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt. It is the United Nations event, during which the leaders of all countries of the world meet to determine how to intensify global efforts to solve the climate crisis. As part of COP27, the world’s largest legal climate conference, Climate Law and Governance Day, was held, attended by representatives of the University of Silesia in Katowice. The conference was organised on 11 November 2022 in a remote form.
Our University co-hosted an expert panel “The War in Ukraine and Energy Crisis in the Light of Climate Action”. The chair of the panel was barr Magdalena Stryja from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Silesia. It was coordinated by Anna Budzanowska, PhD from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Silesia, champion of the European City of Science Katowice 2024, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education in 2019-2021. On behalf of the University of Silesia, the meeting was also attended by: Student and PhD Student Ombudsperson, Agnieszka Bielska-Brodziak, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor and Marlena Drapalska-Grochowicz, PhD from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Silesia. Moreover, barr Magdalena Stryja once again became a member of the programme committee of the Climate Law and Governance Day conference. In addition, she was invited to participate in the expert panel: “Implementing the Paris Agreement through Courage, Contributions & Compliance”, which was co-hosted by, among others, Cambridge University.
For the fourth time, the University of Silesia in Katowice acted as a partner of the conference and co-organiser of one of the sessions. Thus, our University found itself among such institutions as: Cambridge University, International Bar Association, The World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United Nation Environment Programme, United Nation Development Programme.
Due to the thematic significance and the speakers, the panel co-organised by our University was recognised by the board of the conference programme committee as one of the five most important thematic sessions of the conference.