Let's Take-up the Climate Challenge!Jun 15, 2017
Local Communities in Serbia Invited to Design Climate-Smart Urban Development Solutions
Belgrade, June 15, 2017: The introductory workshop of the project "Climate Smart Urban Development Challenge" was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with the financial support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The project aims to support sustainable developement of local communities by responding to the challenges of climate change.
There was consensus among the workshop participants that climate change challenge cannot be underestimated. Local communities, civil society organizations, scientific institutions, business and finance companies all contributed to the workshop success in introducing the Challenge to local stakeholders across Serbia.
On behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, State Secretary Stana Bozovic pointed out that local communities will be supprted logistically and financially by the Government, in accordance with their own needs and capacities. To apply universal, affordable and sustainable solutions at local level, local communities also are challenged to find ways of financing such solutions.
The Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Serbia, Stelian Nedera, urged all local governments to take up the challenge and stressed that commitment, innovation and partnerships will be the key drivers to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.
Guests from Finland and Croatia presented their experiences related to the participation of local self-government in the field of applying innovative ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as measures to adapt to the changed climatic conditions.
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