€ 350,000 for Climate Fund
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.