Important decisions to implement the Paris Agreement at the Bonn conference2017-11-16
“Climate change is the outcome of human activities, and all of us – from the heads of states to economic entities as well as all members of the society – must feel responsibility and take actions” stated Minister of Environment Kęstutis Navickas who has delivered a presentation on Lithuania’s actions to reduce climate change at the UN Climate Change Conference held in Bonn today.
At this particularly important international conference which commenced on 6 November, the Parties confirmed the obligations of the international community to strengthen the global response to climate change and seek to implement the targets of the historical Paris Climate Change Agreement which came into force last year. As emphasised by Kęstutis Navickas, these targets will be achieved if all states act jointly and each of them will integrate these targets into development programmes for particular economic sectors. Our country seeks to integrate the targets and objectives of its climate change management policy into the development programmes of the energy, industry, transport, agriculture and other sectors. The EU Member States, including Lithuania, have achieved progress in completing the drafting of the legal acts aimed at achieving the target set under the Paris Agreement – to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least by 40 % by 2030.
In the opinion of Kęstutis Navickas, progress was made at this conference in adopting the decisions implementing the Paris Agreement related to the priorities of the small Fiji island chairing the conference for the first time regarding losses and damage, climate change adaptation and financing of developing countries. However, according to the Minister, in order to have all the decisions ratified at the UN Climate Change Conference which will be held in Katovicai (Poland) next year, it is necessary to accelerate negotiations on all the issues included into the Paris Action Programme, particularly those related to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, transparency of the implementation of and accounting for national commitments.
Besides the official negotiations held at the Bonn conference, various concerned entities, including cities and regions (mayors of 330 municipalities), business representatives and civil society groups demonstrated the actions taken by getting engaged into the Global Climate Action Agenda.
Seeking to demonstrate progress in enhancing the scope by 2020, the EU Member States, including Lithuania, will unanimously deposit the ratification instruments of the Doha amendment to the Kyoto Protocol until the end of this year. Under this amendment, they undertook a joint commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 %, compared to the 1990 levels, and they have successfully implemented it.
Public Relations Division
16 November 2017