MINSK, 16 November (BelTA) - The head of the Belarusian delegation delivered a national statement at the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.
Head of the Belarusian delegation, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to the Arab Republic of Egypt Sergei Terentyev made a national statement during the resumed high-level segment (15-16 November) at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. He informed the participants of the event about the measures taken in Belarus to implement the provisions of the Paris Agreement, and the national priorities in adaptation to climate change in the near future.
Sergei Terentyev drew attention to the fact that the extreme natural phenomena, which negatively affect the economy of countries, are also joined by man-made measures, for example, the restriction of access to fertilizers and food from Belarus to world markets, which exacerbates the global food crisis. He noted in his speech that the Western sanctions policy not only negatively affects the economic development of Belarus, but is also an obstacle to enhancing international climate commitments, which ultimately has a negative impact on the achievement of the overall climate goal.
According to the Belarusian representative, any unilateral measures that curtail the economic development of countries undermine international efforts to meet commitments under the Paris Agreement and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
“The real goal of global climate policy should finally be the environmental wellbeing and security of each country and each individual, rather than the geopolitical ambitions of individual states,” Sergei Terentyev said in his speech.