On November 25 RA First Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Erik Grigoryan presented the outputs of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Bonn, Germany, from 6-17 November at ARMENPRESS press hall.
UNDP Climate Change Program Coordinator Diana Harutyunyan also attended the meeting.
Over 16.000 participants, including 9.200 government officials, 5.500 representatives of UN bodies, agencies and intergovernmental and civil society organizations as well as 1.200 members of the international leading media were present at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties presided over by the Government of Fiji in a close cooperation with the German Government. The conference mainly focused on progress in the implementation of the thesis of the Paris Agreement and there were adopted decrees with a view to keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 °C under the agreement. In this context, the participating states attributed importance to the processes of providing financial resources for adaptation, by determining response measures towards continuity of the Adaptation Fund.
In the course of the conference the high-level segment was held, at which First Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia Erik Grigoryan made a speech, delivering a national statement. Erik Grigoryan submitted the national policy concerning reducing greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy, moreover spoke about the Armenia National SDG Innovation Center. The First Deputy Minister set a great store on technical, technological and financial support for the national needs to ensure the implementation of adaptation and mitigation actions under “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions-INDC”.
The efforts directed to execute twofold increase by 20,8 % under the Intended Determined Contributions of the Government of the Republic of Armenia were also illustrated, for which it is envisaged to attract about 300 million USD, including the debt-for-nature swap.
The First Deputy Minister of Nature Protection informed that in response to the unfounded accusations raised by the Azerbaijani delegation at the high-level segment related to the occupation of 1/5 of the latter’s territories and refugees, he countered: “The Republic of Artsakh has gained its independence on the same legal basis as Azerbaijan and if Azerbaijan really wanted to address climate and environmental issues, instead of abusing all possible meetings, conducting the false and history distorting anti-Armenian propaganda, shall try to cooperate with the Government of the Republic of Artsakh”.
During the meeting with journalists Erik Girgoryan emphasized that Armenia already received grants of more than 21 million USD from the financial mechanisms established under the UNFCCC within 2016-2017.
Diana Harutyunyan notified that according to the agenda of the Subsidiary Body to the Convention, Armenia along with other 4 countries participated in sharing of views under the International Consultation and Analysis workshop. At the workshop UNDP Climate Change Program Coordinator Diana Harutyunyan presented Armenia’s first two-year progress report, that was followed by 21 questions of delegates of different countries. Mrs. Harutyunyan gave exhaustive responses to these questions.
Answering to the questions of journalists, RA First Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Erik Grigoryan has recorded all good points that the Republic of Armenia benefits and will benefit from the participation in international procedures addressed to climate change adaptation.