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Serbia participates in the historic Paris Agreement to combat climate change

Serbia participates in the historic Paris Agreement to combat climate change

On December 12, 2015 in Paris, the representatives of 195 nations made a historic agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future. Serbia and its representatives contributed to forging this global partnership based on a common cause with other states and their common historic, current and future responsibilities.

The universal agreement’s main aim is to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, which would be a significantly safer defence line against the worst impacts of a changing climate.

In order to reach these ambitious and important goals, appropriate financial flows will be put in place, thus enabling stronger action by developing countries which can undertake the steps in line with their national objectives.

Around 150 leaders including Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, of the world’s two biggest emitting countries, attended the summit. The conference was also attended by the French President Francois Hollande whose statement speaks about the importance of this event: “Never will I be able to express more gratitude to a conference. You can be proud to stand before your children and grandchildren.”

The Paris Conference marks the new era of global cooperation on the complex issue which had not been tackled before. As stated by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, for the first time, every country in the world has pledged to curb emissions, strengthen resilience and join in common cause to take common climate action. “I have been attending many difficult multilateral negotiations, but by any standard, this negotiation is most complicated, most difficult, but most important for humanity”, he said.

Talking about the conference, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said: “We have made history together. It is an agreement of conviction. It is an agreement of solidarity with the most vulnerable. It is an agreement of long-term vision. Successive generations will, I am sure, mark the 12 December 2015 as a date when cooperation, vision, responsibility, a shared humanity and a care for our world took centre stage.”

The Project „Reducing Barriers to Accelerate the Development of Biomass Market in Serbia“ supported the participation of the delegation of the Ministry of Mining and Energy – and the Republic of Serbia in its participation in the conference. The delegation was led by Mirjana Filipović, the State Secretary, while its members were Miloš Banjac, the Assistant Minister and the National Project Director, Jelena Simović, the Assistant Minister and the Project Board member, and Antonela Solujić, the Head of the Department for Energy Efficiency.

As Maja Matejić, the UNDP Serbia Energy Portfolio Manager, and Miloš Banjac, Assistant Minister for Mining and Energy, say, Paris Agreement will stand as a reminder that Serbia has contributed to one of the most important international decisions in history, but also as a reminder of its responsibilities.

In order to prepare the states for future steps, upgrade the capacities of relevant actors and communicate key messages with the public and key stakeholders, a Paris Committee on Capacity Building will be established. Countries will submit updated climate plans – called nationally determined contributions (NDCs) – every five years, thereby steadily increasing their ambition in the long-term, while they should strive to formulate and communicate long-term low-greenhouse gas emissions development strategies.

Climate action will also be taken forward in the period before 2020. Countries will continue to engage in a process on mitigation opportunities and will put added focus on adaptation opportunities. Additionally, they will work to define a clear roadmap on ratcheting up climate finance to USD 100 billion by 2020.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change