December 01, 2019

Guangzhou: Former President of Montenegro at the International Forum in PR China

Former President of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic is participating in the International forum dedicated to multilateralism and sustainable development, in Guangzhou, PR of China.

On the session concerned with multilateralism and Paris Agreement he addressed following:

Mr. President,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Climate protection and the preservation of a healthy environment are important priorities of the international community.

The UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and its implementation should provide a humanity of universal values.

The values of human rights, the rule of law and the exclusion of discrimination.

In a healthy environment in a society of equal rights and chances for all, a quality life is ensured.

For almost three decades, the UN has persisted and strongly promotes the need to prevent climate change.

Important, but not sufficient, was the 1997 Kyoto agreement. It was based on the Paris Agreement signed by the 171 states at the UN on 23 April 2016.

Never more global approval. Never more signatures in one day and never more enthusiasm and hope for the entire international community.

On behalf of Montenegro, as the President, I signed it with the greatest responsibility. The Parliament of Montenegro ratified it and the Government and all entities of the state and society implement it responsibly.

Many states have acted responsibly and effectively, contributing fully to the need for mutual success.

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change, as a milestone in the UN Sustainable Development Agenda, provides a unique global multilateral framework for addressing the serious challenges of the extremely negative impact of climate change.

Urgent and strong action is needed to strengthen ambitions and accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Synergies between the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement must be steadily intensified to prevent temperatures above 1.5 degrees C from rising.

The greatest obligation and the greatest responsibility is on the countries most at risk of the environment.

In China, which has been dedicated and effectively demonstrated to have significantly improved the quality of the environment for the benefit of its people and its humanity.

Also, the United States, which after China is most threatening to the environment. AmericaČs official policy in the first place is opposed to the commitments made in the Paris Agreement.

This must not discourage others. They must encourage many and significant entities in the United States who want to preserve the environment and who, in community and in multilateralism, protect their own state and society.

I will end with the message that we need to be together to be stronger individually.

Thank you for your attention.

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