€ 350,000 for Cli­mate Fund

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Cyprus is pre­pared to con­trib­ute 350,000 eu­ros to the Green Cli­mate Fund, Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Ni­cos Kouyialis an­nounced on Tues­day dur­ing a press brief­ing ahead of the open­ing of the 21st Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties to the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change (COP21) to be held in Paris from Novem­ber 30 to De­cem­ber 11.

“Cyprus is lo­cated in an area that is al­ready ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the first se­ri­ous ef­fects of cli­mate change. We have been wit­ness­ing pro­longed pe­ri­ods of drought, in­creased tem­per­a­tures and degra­da­tion of forests and rare ecosys­tems,” the Min­is­ter said speak­ing at the EU House in Ni­cosia.

He added that Cyprus fully com­plies with the com­mit­ments and expectations of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and the Euro­pean Union and ac­tively par­tic­i­pates in the joint ef­forts to pro­tect the earth’s cli­mate and se­cure the fu­ture of its peo­ple.

Kouyialis said that the Paris agree­ment must be bind­ing, so as all coun­tries to as­sume their obli­ga­tions and a mech­a­nism is needed to mon­i­tor the whole process for suc­cess.

Also present at the press brief­ing was the French Am­bas­sador, Jean-Luc Florent, who said that the ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Paris less than two weeks ago have in­creased the chal­lenges that France, as the host coun­try, faces in or­der to se­cure this his­toric event.

“The Pres­i­dent de­cided that the COP21 will take place even af­ter th­ese at­tacks, be­cause cli­mate is im­por­tant to the whole planet and this event will be dras­ti­cally re­in­forced, and some events have al­ready been can­celled to pre­vent any threats (Cli­mate march for in­stance). Any event tak­ing place in se­cured premises will be main­tained,” he added.

Florent said that next Mon­day, the Cli­mate Change Sum­mit, will be opened by the heads of states and heads of gov­ern­ments. Dur­ing two weeks, more than 40,000 per­sons are ex­pected to be in Paris.

“The ob­jec­tive is still the same: reach­ing a univer­sal bind­ing agree­ment and de­fine so­lu­tions to limit global warm­ing to less than 2C in com­par­i­son with pre-in­dus­trial era”, he stressed.

He con­cluded that 2015 seems to be the warm­est year ever recorded and an in­cred­i­ble num­ber of ex­treme cli­matic events occurred, which could be linked to global warm­ing.

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