Time for Action: Two day conference brings together key stakeholders to inform Serbia's preparations for COP21 in Paris

Oct 8, 2015

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Climate change represents one of the greatest global challenges of today. This year at the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change  (UNFCCC – COP21), to be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December, a historical agreement is expected which will replace the Kyoto Protocol and apply from 2020 onwards.

Negotiations on obligations for the post-2020 period are focused on: the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, adaptions to changes in climate conditions, funding, strengthening capacities and technology transfers, but also the legal nature of the document. This document which will, in a way, be the continuation of the Kyoto Protocol, should be legally binding. At the same time, certain countries are ready to reduce emissions post-2020 on a voluntary basis.

The conference “Serbia’s climate talks - on the way to Paris”, which took place in Blegrade earlier this week, presented initiatives in the Republic of Serbia in this particular area, with special emphasis on the importance of such international and domestic measures for the Serbian economy, legislature and the environment.

The aim of the conference was also to point out the importance of participation of all interested parties both in defining, but also in applying policies and measures to combat climate change, which will undoubtedly be needed after the Conference in Paris.

The conference offered all interested parties the possibility, within the roundtable discussion format, to get better acquainted with the contents of the Republic of Serbia’s Second National and First Biennial Updated Report under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

In answering questions on the extent that Serbian society is ready for climate change and the realistic possibilities of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the participants discussed aspects of planning future development of key economic sectors.

Also, policies on climate change were examined in the context of fulfilling international obligations stemming from the EU ascension process.  

In the opening session the conference was addressed by:

Irena Vojáčková Sollorano, UNDP Resident Representative;

H.E. Axel Dittmann, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany;

H.E. Christine Moro, Ambassador of the Republic of France;

H.E. Michael Davenport, Head of EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia; and

Snežana Bogosavljević-Bošković, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection.

During the presentations and discussions, the participants were addressed by experts in the areas of climate change, sustainable development, public policy, from governmental as well as EU institutions, and the international community.

This conference was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme an in co-operation with the Embassy of France in Serbia. The conference is organized with the financial support of the Global Environmental Facility.

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