November 16, 2017

Bonn: President Vujanović at the annual UN Conference on Climate Change
President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović held speech at the annual UN Conference on Climate Change held in Bonn, Germany.

Please find below the address by the President Vujanović at COP23:

Dear President,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Extreme climate change, which has been affecting the quality of life continuously and globally, has gathered humanity to act jointly. Montenegro has joined this action resolutely and unreservedly. It contributed to the creation of the Paris Agreement, signed it in the UN Headquarters and ratified it in its Parliament. Montenegro thus accepted the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 30% by 2030 compared to 1990.

Montenegro responsibly fulfils its obligations under the Paris Agreement and devotedly prepares the Third National Report on Climate Change and the Second Biennial Report on Climate Change under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. A National System for monitoring, reporting and verification of the greenhouse gas emissions is being established. A Law on Climate Protection is under preparation.

Special attention has been attached to informing public about climate change and as of next year it will become a subject to be taught at schools in Montenegro. We actively prepare a National Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and a Strategy on Law Carbon Development. Full inter-sector cooperation among sustainable development, energy sector, transportation, agriculture and forestry has been established.

In the framework of the National Council for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, a Task Force for Climate Change has been established, which includes eminent national experts. This Task Force analyzes the realization of our Nationally Determined Contribution. Montenegro responsibly implements important measures in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, transportation and industry.

We are confident that the Parties to the Paris Agreement will improve their Nationally Determined Contributions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We must invest our efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1,5 C on our Planet. We call for establishing climate resilient societies and low carbon economies.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Montenegro is a country in the South East Europe and the Western Balkan region, which is very sensitive to the climate change impact. Over the last decade, extreme weather conditions in Montenegro have been more evident, and estimated damage is a few dozen million Euros.

We call for further global financial funds and stronger involvement of private sector in mitigating activities in order to ensure a stable and long-term support in the transformation process towards a low carbon and climate resilient society.

Montenegro calls for a stronger cooperation among countries regarding transfer of know-how and technology.

Paris Agreement has a historic value for the protection of the quality of life on our Planet and provides a strong foundation for a needed joint action. I am confident that the Conference in Bonn will create new mechanisms for further improvement and full execution of the Paris Agreement.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Only by meeting global climate goal and other sustainable development goals can we establish a life in harmony with nature, as a basis for progress and wellbeing of future generations.

Montenegro fully supports the success of the 23rd Conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Thank you for your attention.

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