Anastasiades: Cyprus determined to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement

Anastasiades: Cyprus determined to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement

At the national level, Cyprus is determined to take all necessary measures to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement, President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said today, highlighting the objectives of the Action Plan, an initiative of the Government to address the impacts of Climate Change.

In his speech at the opening of the 2nd International Conference on Climate Change in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, which is being held in Paphos, the President of the Republic highlighted, among other things, the large participation of government representatives and distinguished international scientists at the Conference, noting that this demonstrates the collective determination to address the consequences of Climate Change.

He added that our region is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of Climate Change, noting that in 2019, an initiative was taken to develop a Regional Action Plan to address these impacts, in various sectors such as Environment, Agriculture, Tourism and others, which burden the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. He also said that the Plan is headed, in terms of the scientific aspect, by Professor Costas Papanicolas, President of the Cyprus Institute and Advisor and Special Envoy of the President on Climate Change.

Referring to the Action Plan, the President said that over the last two years 13 teams have been working with the participation of 240 scientists from the region and international organizations, and invited the Governments of the countries of the region to participate in the Plan and thus jointly address the consequences of Climate Change.

He added that a Summit and a Ministerial Meeting would be held in the coming months, with the aim of involving more countries in the Action Plan.

He also stressed that through the Action Plan, actions will be promoted, inter alia, to reduce greenhouse emissions, establish mechanisms for more resilient and competitive economies through renewable energy sources, provide incentives to businesses and industry to adapt to sustainable and green technologies and create jobs in the green policy areas and hoped that there will be support from both the EU and international organisations for this purpose.

He also noted that at the national level, Cyprus is determined to take all necessary measures to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Finally, he underlined that more than €500 million, i.e. 41% of the budget of the Recovery and Resilience Plan for Cyprus for the years 2021-2026, is dedicated to investments and reforms that contribute to the green transition.

Earlier, in his remarks to journalists, while arriving this morning at the 2nd International Conference on Climate Change in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, which is being held in Paphos, President Anastasiades, when asked about the importance of the Conference, said that it is an important initiative “not only for Cyprus, but for the whole region.

This is the second Conference organised at the initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture, this time. The first one was initiated by Professor Costas Papanikolas, who is also my special representative for the region (on Climate Change issues).

It is a conference which takes place just days before the World Climate Change Conference, in Glasgow, between 1-3 November, and therefore the conclusions and the initiative highlight the role that regions can play in tackling climate change and its consequences”.

Asked whether there was any news on the appointment of an envoy on the Cyprus issue by the UN Secretary General, President Anastasiades replied in the negative.

Asked to refer to the issue of the increase in grain prices, the President said that “I understand that the issue will be dealt with by the Minister of Agriculture. It is a global phenomenon, as you well know. We will see how from the Government’s point of view we can respond to the needs created as a result of the excessive increases.”/ibna