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Environment Minister and European Union consider effects of Paris Climate Agreement on Belarus

Minsk, 29 November 2016 – The EU-funded Clima East programme, which provides support to the eastern European Neighbourhood Policy countries to be better prepared to deal with climate change impacts, organised a round table attended by representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus, including Minister Andrey Kovkhuto.

The conference brought together high-level delegates from Europe and Belarus to discuss the implementation of Paris Agreement, in particular as it affects the industry, transport, agriculture, waste and building/residential sectors.

The roundtable also offers an opportunity to inform the members of Belarus’ Interdepartmental Working Group on Climate Change, the representatives of central government bodies, representatives of civil society organisations and the general public in Belarus of the results of the Marrakech Climate Change Conference held earlier this month.

Quoting the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Cañete, Mr. Frederik Coene, Head of Operations Section at the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus said at the opening of the round table, “The global clean energy transition is here to stay, and Europe will continue to lead the way towards a more sustainable and competitive economy.”

The EU-funded Clima East project has so far supported Belarus in international climate change cooperation by assisting the country with its preparations for the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 21) where the Paris Agreement was negotiated. It has also provided sector analysis for emission pledges in Belarus as well as supporting national and sectoral adaptation strategies in the country.

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