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Ministerial conference in Skopje. Major step towards climate summit in Paris 2015

The international Ministerial Conference on Climate Change "Towards the Climate Summit in Paris in 2015, Challenges for CEI Member States," in Skopje on 6 November, gathered more than 150 high-ranking participants, including 9 ministerial-level delegations from CEI Member States and 16 representatives of embassies in Macedonia. Several scientific institutions, international and domestic NGOs also participated in the event to exchange experiences and views on the challenges faced in achieving low-carbon growth.
In his opening address, Macedonian Minister of Environment and Physical Planning, Nurhan Izairi affirmed that synergies among climate, energy and other policies could be reached by taking into account the " Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to climate change reduction”, which his Government adopted in 2015. It was submitted to the Secretariat of UNFCCC as 23rd country in the world, expressing Macedonia’s readiness for effective implementation of global efforts towards climate change reduction.
Izairi highlighted that national contributions envisaged a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels combustion by 30-36% by 2030 compared to baseline scenario. He also informed that between 2015-2030, the necessary investments for climate change mitigation were estimated at 4.2 billion EUR, while the implementation of a more ambitious mitigation scenario would cost 4.5 billion EUR.
He also highlighted that the realisation of the goals of the conference, as well as the implementation of national policies and measures to mitigate climate change depended on the involvement of the private sector, access to new sources of funding and increased international support to be mobilised through new financial mechanisms for climate change, such as Green Climate Fund.
Round-table panel discussions covered topics such as the role of science as a trigger for lower CO2 emissions; the need for reforms in the educational system aimed at preparing future generations for the challenges associated with climate change; raising public awareness by building a low-carbon society philosophy for each individual; acceptance of a low-carbon economy model.
The conference - supported by the CEI through its Cooperation Fund, the Regional Environmental Center (REC) and the Milieukontakt and Development Program of the United Nations (UNDP) - adopted a declaration, which expressed readiness for mutual cooperation in order to achieve the so-called "greener" growth for the CE region.
Keynote speeches were delivered by: the Vice President of the Government, HE Fatmir Besimi; Macedonian Minister for Foreign Affairs, HE Nikola Popovski; Special Advisor to the CEI Secretary General, Giorgio Rosso Cicogna; UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Macedonia, HE Louisa Vinton and the Head of Section in EU Delegation, Mauro di Veroli.
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from left: Minister Nurhan Izairi and Mr. Giorgio Rosso Cicogna


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