Paris agreement on climate change represents a foundation for further preservation of climate stability, said President Filip Vujanović, adding that Montenegro will be a responsible partner in implementation.
He attended the ceremony of UN in honor of signing Paris agreement on climate change, invited by Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and France’s President Francois Hollande.
After the agreement was signed, Vujanović underlined that Montenegro will be a responsible partner, during the General Assembly of UN session.
“Montenegro strongly believes that Paris agreement on climate change presents a new foundation for further efforts in preserving long-term climate stability, as a mechanism that enables all state, no matter their development level, with the ability to achieve their goals – better quality of life for everyone everywhere”, Vujanović said.
Although Montenegro has a small part to play in global emission and pollution statistics, it is strongly dedicated to contribute in new global development plan.
“Montenegro is ready to be responsible and sustainable in managing its development potentials with minimal influence on environment and climate change, therefore it is ready to face climate change responsibly”, he said.
In this regard, Montenegro has successfully supported finalization of 21st session of General Convention on Climate Change.
He said that Montenegro, in accordance with articles of Paris agreement, will confirm its Intended National Contribution INDC to lowering emissions of greenhouse gases.
He said that Montenegro’s INDC obliges it to an ambitious goal of decreasing greenhouse gases emission from 30%,based on year 1990.
Vujanović explained that the road to this goal requires wide measures taken in different fields.
He said that for Montenegro it is especially important to define and implement activities for adjusting to the climate change, which will be our global focus in following period.
Vujanović reminded that Montenegro, in order to integrate climate goals in its total development agenda, must include matters of decreasing the effects of climate change and development of adjustment mechanisms, within the draft of National Strategy of Sustainable Development until 2030, that will be passed by the Government in June.
According to him, this strategy represents a basic national document for implementing policies of national development until 2030, and a Platform for Integration of Agenda of Sustainable Development until 2030.
He said that last year was marked by passing three historical development documents – Agenda 2030 along with the Action Agenda from Adis Abeba, Sendai frame for minimizing disaster risks and Paris agreement on climate change.
Vujanović said that the negotiations over the years have shown that UN can jointly define ambitious, universally acceptable goals with clear indications for joint action, that have enough flexibility for national differences and abilities of all countries.
According to him, passing of these three global agreements represents the readiness of all countries to contribute to the transformation of global economies and societies for sustainable development.
The agreement was signed by 171 states, among which there were 60 presidents of states and governments, which is the largest number of signatories in one day in UN history.
“It is an indicator of responsible relationship with one of the greatest global issues and a demonstration of readiness to act together for resolution”, it was concluded in the President’s cabinet.
Source: Cafe Del Montenegro