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Monday, 14 March 2016 06:24

KAZAKHSTAN TO SIGN THE PARIS AGREEMENT

The International Conference on The Paris Agreement: priorities and prospects for implementation the Republic of Kazakhstanorganized by the "Green Academy" Scientific Research and Education Center in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the support of the OSCE Programme Officein Astana, UNDP and GIZ Project was held on March 10, 2016 in Astana.

 

The aim of the Conference was to review the results of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP21) and elaborate recommendations on the Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in accordance with the Paris Agreement.

The Conference brought together Members of Parliament, government officials including representatives from the Ministry of Energy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Economy, Ministry of Innovation and Development, Ministry of Agriculture, heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Kazakhstan, representatives from international organizations, as well as from the civil society, academic and business community.

The event was moderated by the Member of the Green Economy Council under the President of Kazakhstan, Director of the "Green Academy" SREC, Ph.D in Economics, Professor B. Yessekina.

The Conference was formally opened by Deputy Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan M.Myrzagaliev. In his welcome speech he noted that the pace of the global climate change and the risks associated with it require an immediate response through adoption of new adaptation measures and financial mechanisms. To achieve Kazakhstan’s commitments to reduce CO2 emissions by 15% (unconditional target) and 25% (conditional target) below 1990 levels by 2030, it is necessary to take decisive measures on transition to a new technological production model.

Ambassador György Szabó, Head of the OSCE Programme Officein Astana confirmed the willingness to support Kazakhstan in implementing climate change adaptation measures. The Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan S. Plotnikov pointed outthe necessity to ensure an effective legal framework for adopted measures. In particular, he said that the Committee had developed and submitted amendments to the legislation on transition to a green economy model and environmental issues.

The Conference Speakers presented COP21 results and prospects for its implementation at the global level, put forward recommendations for the low-carbon development strategy in the Republic of Kazakhstan and made suggestions for theAction Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Participants of the Conference were introduced with the Green Climate Fund Investment Framework, cooperation with the EU within the Paris Agreement framework, international experience in the field of the energy efficiency of enterprises, etc.

 

The reports and presentations were delivered by H.E. Mr. F. Etienne, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Kazakhstan, G. Safonov, Director of the Center for Environmental Economics and Natural Resources, K. Holler, a representative of the GIZ Project, K. Ustemirov, Acting Chairman of the Forestry and Wildlife Committee.

 

As a result of the discussion, recommendations for the Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 were adopted

 

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