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During the two week summit almost 11000 participants from 90 countries are going to sum up the extensive discussions on climate change, as well as set a plan of action for the final year of negotiations, when the climate change deal is to be clinched December 2009 in Copenhagen. The meeting will also involve work on enhancing further the implementation of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol.
In the last couple of days, the summit will be joined by Al Gore, noted for his Oscar winning film An Inconvenient Truth and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who as governor of California has made the issue of global warming one of his key policy objectives. Mikhail Gorbachev and Lech Walesa will also attend.
Polish Prime Minister reminded that the economy of Poland, who has cut carbon emissions by about 30 percent since 1988, relies on coal for up to 90 percent of its energy needs. This, he argued, entitles Poland to encourage other countries, for whom climate protection is a hard nut to crack.