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Ministry of natural resources and environmental protection of the Republic of Belarus
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Lukashenko identifies underlying causes of climate threat

DUBAI, 1 December (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko identified underlying causes of the existing climate threat in his speech during the 28th conference of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Dubai, BelTA has learned.

At the beginning of the speech the head of state thanked UAE leadership for excellent organization of the conference. “A complicated conference, which number of heads of state and heads of government alone is larger than the number that a session of the UN General Assembly gathers,” he said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Today we, leaders of the states of the world, talk about the future of the planet Earth – our common home. We have and will have no other home. We talk about the future of our children and grandchildren. About the future of all of those, who will come into this world after us. We represent different cultures, different systems of values, different civilizations. But we are united in the face of the global challenge that nature itself has posed before us.”

The president stressed that climate is changing and scientists make the gloomiest forecasts. “It is very progressive that we hear them and respond to them. But in order to effectively counteract the threat, we have to honestly and openly identify its underlying causes,” he remarked.

“First of all, it is the absence of the sense of moderation in the drive towards geopolitical supremacy, including military supremacy (I’d say it is primarily military supremacy) on the part of those, who provoke and start wars in various parts of the planet. And wars are the main source of dirt on our continent. It is also the thirst for profiteering, which converts natural resources into personal capital and steals from future generations. It is attempts to remove the countries, which stand in the way of dominating the entire world and destruction by sucking the land dry. And sometimes everything gets done allegedly for the sake of sustainable development (there is such a UN program),” the Belarusian leader pointed out.

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