The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 25) being held from 2nd to 13th December 2019 in Madrid, Spain.
The Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus, Andrei Khudyk delivered National Statement during the High-Level Segment of the COP 25 on 10th December 2019.
The Minister noted in the statement the commitment of the Republic of Belarus to sustainable development, which is impossible without solving the problem of climate change. That is why these issues are intentionally and deliberately singled out by the Head of State and the Government into a separate agenda.
“Realizing the undeniable importance of climate action, the Republic of Belarus supports the call to boost ambitions and accelerate actions in this direction and intends to increase its national commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 35% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels solely on its own resources,” highlighted Andrey Khudyk.
The Republic of Belarus reaffirms its commitment to an integrated approach for climate change adaptation and in accordance with the National Action Plan for the Implementation of the Provisions of the Paris Agreement takes not only sustainable actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also adaptation measures and measures to enhance removals by sinks of greenhouse gases, the joint implementation of which contributes to a significant reduction in the levels of risks associated with climate change.
The country’s priority measure is considered to be the transition to a circular economy, which implies promotion of sustainable urban mobility, construction of energy-efficient residential buildings, reducing the energy intensity of GDP, the introduction of low-carbon and energy-efficient technologies and materials into the economy, as well as the development of electric transport. Further steps are being taken to further increase the forest cover, to preserve wetlands, and to develop specially protected natural areas.
“However, it must be considered that the conscientious fulfilment of the more ambitious Paris Agreement commitments by Belarus is not sufficient to combat negative impacts of climate change on a regional and global level. There is a need to consolidate the efforts of all countries, and to ensure equitable distribution of technical and expert assistance to countries that are able to take the most effective actions to fight the climate change,” concluded the Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus.