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Anastasiades: Cyprus determined to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement

At the national level, Cyprus is determined to take all necessary measures to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement, said today the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, emphasizing the objectives of the Action Plan, an initiative of the Government to address the impacts of Climate Change.

In his speech at the opening of the 2nd International Conference on Climate Change in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, which is being held in Paphos, the President of the Republic stressed, among other things, the large participation of government representatives and international prominent scientists at the Conference, noting that this demonstrates the collective determination to address the consequences of Climate Change.

He added that our region is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of Climate Change, noting that in 2019, an initiative was taken to develop a Regional Action Plan to address these impacts, in various sectors such as Environment, Agriculture, Tourism and others, which aggravate the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. He also said that the Plan is led, in scientific terms, by Professor Costas Papanicolas, President of the Cyprus Institute and Advisor and Special Envoy of the President for Climate Change.

Referring to the Action Plan, the President said that over the past two years 13 teams have worked with the participation of 240 scientists from the region and international organizations, and invited the Governments of the countries in the region to participate in the Plan and thus address the consequences of Change. of Climate.

He added that a Summit and a Ministerial Meeting will be held in the coming months, with the aim of including more countries in the Action Plan.

He also stressed that through the Action Plan, actions will be promoted, among other things, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to create mechanisms for more resilient and competitive economies through renewable energy sources, to provide incentives for businesses and industry to adapt to sustainable and green technologies and create jobs in green policy areas and hoped that there would be support from both the EU and international organizations for this purpose.

He also noted that at the national level, Cyprus is determined to take all necessary measures to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Finally, he underlined that more than € 500 million, ie 41% of the budget of the Recovery and Sustainability Plan for Cyprus for the years 2021-2026, is dedicated to investments and reforms that contribute to the green transition.

Earlier, in his remarks to reporters, as he arrived this morning at the 2nd International Conference on Climate Change in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, which is being held in Paphos, President Anastasiades, asked about the importance of the Conference, said it was an important initiative “not only for Cyprus but for the whole region.

This is the second Conference organized at the initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture, this time. The first was initiated by Professor Costas Papanikolas, who is also my special representative for the region (on Climate Change issues).

It is a conference which takes place just a few days before the World Climate Change Conference, in Glasgow, from 1-3 November, and therefore the findings and initiatives highlight the role that regions can play in tackling climate change and its consequences. his ”.

Asked if there was any news of the appointment of a envoy for the Cyprus issue by the UN Secretary General, President Anastasiades answered in the negative.

Asked to refer to the issue of rising grain prices, the President said, “I understand that the issue will be addressed by the Minister of Agriculture. Phenomenon is a global phenomenon, as you know it. We will see how from the Government’s point of view we can respond to the needs created as a result of excessive growth. “/ ibna

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