Croatian president hails Paris accord as step toward environment-friendly progress

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic , who on Friday attended the UN ceremony of signing an international agreement on climate change, that sets out an action plan to deal with global warming, called for unanimous support to the Paris Agreement which she said might steer the world towards ecologically acceptable development

The United Nations said that in the headquarters in New York, 175 countries' leaders signed the deal on Friday, the biggest day one endorsement of a global agreement.  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the next critical step is to ensure that the landmark accord for global action on climate change enters into force as soon as possible. 

Croatia recognises the importance of the Paris Agreement and is actively engaged in the document's preparation and adoption, President Grabar-Kitarovic was quoited as saying, according to a press release issued by her office.

The Croatian president also called for swift ratification of the agreement, adopted by all 196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on 12 December 2015. In the Agreement, all countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, striving for 1.5 degrees Celsius.

President Grabar-Kitarovic recalled in her address at the UN headquarters that Croatia was among first countries that were preparing a low-carbon development strategy.

Croatia is the first country in the European Union to have drawn up the background for that strategy. This strategy may boost Croatia's economic growth and enable a reduction in energy consumption as well as the creation of up to 100,00 "green" jobs, it was said at a conference on energy efficiency organised in Zagreb in March by the Croatian Employers' Association.

Assistant Environment Protection Minister Marija Sculac Domac said at that conference that under the Paris Agreement, Croatia is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 in comparison to 1990.

Last update: Sat, 23/04/2016 - 11:19

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