From Paris to Bishkek: limit global warming to 1.5℃

Sep 29, 2016

Photo Credit: Aigul Bolotova

“On the territory of our country in the form of high-altitude glaciers the most important fresh water reserves are being concentrated. They are also exposed to the changing climate. We recognize importance of global climate change and are making every effort for its successful solutions," - said Muhammetkalyi Abulgaziev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Conference “From Paris to Bishkek: for climate-resilient development in Kyrgyzstan” was held 28 September, where the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and the United Nations Development Programme in the Kyrgyz Republic expressed their intention to join efforts aimed at attracting support climate-resilient development.

21 September 2016, the Kyrgyz Republic officially joined the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Paris Agreement was adopted by all 196 parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on the 21-th Conference, held in Paris 12 December 2015.

In this agreement, all countries agree to take measures to ensure the increase in global temperature would be significantly less than 2 degrees Celsius, and in view of the seriousness of the risks - to limit the temperature rise at 1.5 degrees.

The implementation of the Paris Agreement is of paramount importance for achieving sustainable development goals. The agreement represents a “road map” measures that will reduce emissions and strengthen resilience to climate change.

“The issue of climate change is a global challenge, and we only together can ensure the sustainable development of the country,” - noted in his speech Alexander Avanessov, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Key development partners participated in the conference engaged in country's support for the process on climate issues. It is expected that this meeting shall create a platform for future partnerships and synergistic collaboration.

Aigul Bolotova, UNDP Sustainable Development Dimension PR/Communications Specialist

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