Sarajevo, September 16, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Mladen Dragojlovic
Head of EU Delegation and EU Special Representative in BiH, Lars Gunnar Wigemark, called BiH authorities to sign the Paris Agreement on climate changes since many countries have already done so.
In his statement on the occasion of Climate diplomacy Week, Wigemark said that from 12 to 18 September 2016, countries in the European Union and around the world are marking the Climate Diplomacy week to sustain high public momentum for climate action.
“New global climate agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) represents the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. It sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming. To further underline their determination countries also agreed to pursue efforts to limit temperature increase to 1,5oC. It was a defining moment in the safeguarding of the planet for future generations”, Wigemark said.
He emphasized that ten months on from that historic outcome, the European Union ( remains proud of the ambitious Paris Agreement and Bosnia and Herzegovina should be too. However, said added, there is no room for complacency after the success of the Paris Conference; for the vision of a global low emissions future to materialise, attention needs to turn to putting our words into action.
“More than 180 countries have now signed the Paris Agreement and 27 have completed their domestic ratification procedures and become Parties to the Agreement. We encourage Bosnia and Herzegovina to step up its efforts and to ratify the Agreement as soon as possible. Ratification is an important step towards implementation of the Paris Agreement but ratifying the agreement on its own will not deliver the necessary greenhouse gas reductions, adaptation action and financing”, said Head of the EU Delegation in BiH.
Marking the European Climate Diplomacy Week, Delegation of the EU to BiH and EU Info Centre organised an innovative recycling art workshop for primary school pupils in Sarajevo this week.
Head of Political Section in the Delegation of the EU to BiH, Matthew Field, commended the efforts of educating new generations about the climate change.
“In order for each country to do its part in tackling climate change, we, individuals must contribute to this end by taking care about the nature and environment. I’m not too proud of my generation and the generation before regarding the environment protection, but I hope that we will be very proud of the generations to come”, Field said.
The art workshop aimed at raising awareness about the importance of recycling for the protection of the nature and preservation of the healthy environment. More than fifty pupils from five primary schools learned a simple method to recycle paper, using it for their artworks created during the workshop.
Photo: EU Info Centre BiH