Key extracts from the briefing on the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), which will take place in Paris starting 30/11.
*Nicos Kouyialis, Minister of Agriculture and Environment:
“The Paris agreement needs to be flexible, dynamic, durable, binding and ratifiable.”
“The Cyprus government, despite its size, is taking up its global responsibility & will contribute €350,000 to the climate fund”.
*George Markopouliotis, head of European Commission in Cyprus:
“Climate protection and economic growth go hand in hand. Europe succeeded in cutting emissions by 23% between 1990 and 2014, while the European economy grew 46% over the same period.”
“Ambitious emissions reduction targets are the best way to prevent dangerous climate change.”
*Jean-Luc Florent, the Ambassador of France:
“2015 seems to be warmest year ever recorded and many extreme climatic events have occurred. It is urgent we act.”
“A transition towards resilient low-carbon economies will assure vulnerable countries of our solidarity and support.”