Joint action towards mobilization of Serbia in the fight against climate change

Jun 8, 2016

To mark the World Environment Day, the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Embassy of the Republic of France and the United Nations Development Programme in Serbia organized a joint press conference at the premises of the French Embassy. Halfway to the Global Conference on climate change (the so-called "COP 22"), which will be held in Morocco in November 2016, the press conference contributed in highlighting the importance of joint action towards the mobilization of Serbia in the fight against climate change.

Speakers at the press conference were:

HE Kristin Moro, Ambassador of France in Serbia

Stana Bozovic, PhD State Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection

HE Abdel Aguri, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco in Serbia

Borka Jeremic, from the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia and on behalf of Ms. Irena Vojackova Solorano, Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme in Serbia.

In their statements, speakers expressed their common views on:

Concrete measures that are being taken for the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, adopted at the Climate Change Conference held in late 2015 in Paris, and signed by the countries on April 22nd 2016 at the UN headquarters in New York. State secretary S. Bozovic concluded in her presentation that in the previous period, the Government of the Republic of Serbia made significant efforts in the context of fulfilling international obligations in the field of climate change, as well as in terms of harmonization with the EU acquis in this area.

State Secretary specifically highlighted activities related to preparation of the new Law on the reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases and preparation of a new strategic framework in the field of climate change.

She also pointed out concrete measures and activities that directly or indirectly contribute to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases in specific sectors, such as waste management, wastewater treatment, as well as cooperation with the private and public enterprises in order to improve energy efficiency and greater use of renewable energy sources.

In her expose, state secretary emphasized the successful cooperation with UNDP in taking joint actions on implementation of the strategic objectives in combating climate change and concluded that joint efforts should be further invested in continuous fulfillment of international obligations with regard to reporting to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as the Nationally Determined Contribution to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.

H.E. Ambassador of the French Republic particularly praised the efforts made by the Government of Serbia, in partnership with other stakeholders and the international community, in the field of prevention of negative consequences of climate change and referred to the conclusions and recommendations of the Paris Climate Agreement.

H.E. Ambassador of Morocco to the Republic of Serbia invited representatives of the Government of Serbia to work together and contribute to the aim of the successful preparation of the forthcoming global conference on climate change (22nd Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC), to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, in December 2016. As he said, it is expected that Marrakesh conference should result in a number of operational documents that will enable the practical implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Borka Jeremic of the UN team in Serbia conveyed a message of the UN Secretary General to the participants on the occasion of the International Day of Environmental Protection. On behalf of the UNDP she conveyed readiness for continuation of the successful cooperation in the field of climate change with national counterparts and other stakeholders. This cooperation, she said, is also embedded in the UN Development Partnership Framework between the UN and Serbia for the period 2016 – 2020. On that occasion, she also pointed the close linkages between the aims of the Paris Climate Agreement and implementation of the global 2030 development agenda reflected in Sustainable Development Goals.

As a concrete step to support government efforts to implement the climate policy, a new joint project of UNDP and the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection was announced on "Climate Smart Urban Development". This project will promote innovative approaches and new technological solutions to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases at the local level and will contribute to the promotion of new business models of cooperation, strengthen public-private partnerships and boost social inclusion, as an integrative approach to mitigating climate change. The financial structure of the project also reflects partnerships and cooperation, integrating the resources of the Global Environment Facility, the resources of the newly formed National Green Fund under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, as well as funds from other donors operating in this field.

The UN Country Team in the Republic of Serbia will remain a reliable partner to the Government of the Republic of Serbia in the future work on the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as the sustainable development goals.

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