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Cabinet Approves Action Plan on Regional Initiative to Address Climate Change in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East

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Cabinet meeting (archive photo).

On Wednesday, May 22 2019, the Cabinet of Ministers of The Republic of Cyprus approved the action plan submitted by the Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, regarding the initiative by the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades to address Climate Change on a regional level.

Ambassadors MeetingThe initiative will enable Cyprus to assume a coordinating role in the efforts by the countries in our region to tackle climate change and its impacts in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (EMME). All competent authorities will promote this initiative in order to step up cooperation with neighboring countries and to reserve for Cyprus a coordinating role in curbing climate change and mitigating its consequences for our region.

The Cyprus Institute will play a major role in the scientific activities of the initiative, while its president, Prof Costas N. Papanicolas, has recently been appointed as advisor and Special Envoy of President Anastasiades on Climate Change.

Meeting with Jeffrey SachsThe budget for the initiative is €550 thousand for the period 2019-2021, of which €300 thousand is for the administrative process expected to be undertaken by the Ministry of Agriculture, and €250 thousand for The Cyprus Institute.

Meetings at the level of Presidents of States are expected to take place in the context of this initiative, and a scientific conference will be set up to map the needs at regional level. Consultations concern individual meetings, scientific tasks forces, Heads of State visits and political synergies in order to form real, tangible actions, including the exploitation of best practices to deal with the problem.

Climate Change Conference 2018The initiative closely follows the results from the successful 2018 Climate Change International Conference that CyI organized on this subject, with the participation of over 300 delegates from 35 countries.

These efforts are under way on the basis of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement, the first universal and legally binding agreement on climate change, ratified by the European Union in 2016. This agreement is a joint action plan to curb warming below two degrees (2 ° C) in the period after 2020.

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