Lithuania signs global climate change agreement in New York2016-04-22
At the United Nations General Assembly in New York today, the President of our country, Dalia Grybauskaitė, is signing on behalf of Lithuania the historical binding global climate change agreement approved in Paris. This global deal covers the commitments of 195 states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is expected that, in addition to all the EU member states, the agreement will be signed also by the USA, China and other large economies.
“The Paris agreement is a great achievement not only on the scale of the European Union that is pursuing an ambitious climate change policy, but also on a global scale. The agreement embeds the goal of all EU member states, including Lithuania, that all the states assume an obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and take actions to implement this obligation,” says Minister of Environment, Kęstutis Trečiokas.
The Minister attended the Paris conference on 12 December 2015 which approved this agreement. According to Kęstutis Trečiokas, this is the result of 20 years of EU-led international negotiations. The agreement gives a clear signal to the politicians, industry and investors of all countries that the financial and economic resources have to be shifted from investments projects generating high greenhouse gas emissions and using fossil fuels to climate-friendly technology designed for the production of clean energy and the use of renewable energy resources.
This international document is the first 21st-century multilateral agreement that establishes a global action plan with a view to avoiding dangerous consequences of climate change by restricting the rise in global temperature. The agreement lays down the provisions of solidarity, according to which developed countries, Lithuania being among them, will provide financial support to developing countries as part of the established obligations. Developing countries have also been urged to make voluntary contributions to the funding of climate change mitigation measures.