News Local Cyprus initiative on climate change aims to develop a “forum of dialogue”,...

Cyprus initiative on climate change aims to develop a “forum of dialogue”, Minister Kadis says

Cyprus is able, due to its position and its excellent relations with the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, to play an important coordinating role in combating climate change, Cyprus Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Minister Costas Kadis told the Cyprus News Agency  (CNA) ahead of the presentation of Cyprus’ initiative to tackle climate change during the UN Climate Action Summit, in New York.

Kadis underlined that the aim is to develop a “forum of dialogue” without excluding anyone, a platform where the national and regional organizations will be able to discuss scientific, practical solutions for the challenges related to climate change.

The Minister will present Cyprus’ initiative on Sunday, September 22 and during meetings that he will have with his counterparts from the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East countries. The UN Climate Action Summit will take place on September 23rd and will be attended by heads of state and government, among which Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades. The initiatives of various countries to address climate change will be presented from September 21-23.

Cyprus’ initiative was announced in 2018 by President Anastasiades and aims at the coordination and cooperation of the countries in the region, with a view to develop an action plan aiming to address the impact of climate change in various sectors, as the environment, agriculture, tourism, and health.

Kadis told CNA that the action plan will be drafted with the contribution of distinct scientists, including scientists from participant states, and will include measures adapted to the particularities of the region, which is one of the most vulnerable on the planet as regards the impact of climate change. Moreover, he said that the action plan is expected to be finalized during a regional Ministerial Meeting and το be ratified by a Heads of State Summit.

He also underlined that Cyprus’ initiative will provide the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East region with environmental observations and forecasts which are required with a view to estimate the extent of heat and dryness conditions.  Moreover, he added, it will support the national policies aiming to fulfill the commitments for reducing Co2 emissions, as determined by the Paris Agreement.

The Minister also said that Cyprus’ initiative will provide additional information, knowledge and expertise as regards climate change in the region, will build an effective cooperation with the interested parties at the regional, national and international level and will promote cooperation with a view to mitigate climate change and adapt to it.

(Cyprus News Agency)

Top Stories

Cypriots allowed entry to UK without quarantine as of today

Travellers from around 70 countries and British overseas territories may as of today enter the UK without having to quarantine for 14 days, the...

MoH issues revised instructions for use of gloves

The Health Ministry issued on Friday revised instructions for the use of gloves as per the guidelines of the European Centre for Disease Prevention...

Italy likely to extend state of emergency due to coronavirus crisis – PM

Italy will likely extend a state of emergency beyond its current deadline of July 31 due to the new coronavirus crisis, Italian Prime Minister...

2.2 divorces per 1,000 people in Cyprus, latest Eurostat data shows

Over the last decades, more and more people have been getting a divorce in the EU, according to a new report published on Friday...

EU population down by 12.8% in 2019, increase by 13.7% in Cyprus

Cyprus recorded the third-highest population increase in the EU in 2019, a new report by Eurostat published on Friday indicates. On 1 January 2020, the...

Taste

Moungra

Moungra is a traditional Cypriot mezze which consists in cauliflower pickled in fermented bread dough and typically served as an appetizer or meze. It...

Cheesy Eggplant Rolls

Ingredients 4 Eggplants 2 tbsp olive oil 1 chopped onion, 2 grated carrots 1 garlic clove (sliced) ¾ of the cup finely chopped canned tomato, ½ ts sugar 1 ts oregano 2 tbsp...

Black eyed peas with chard (Louvia me laxana)

Ingredients: 2 cups black eyed peas small lemon (juice) + 1 tsp lemon zest 1 bunch Cypriot chards olive oil & lemon for serving salt & pepper Method: Step 1 Put the...

How to make triandafillo ice cream, by UK Cypriot chef Loulla Astin

  Just in time for the scorching heat, UK Cypriot chef Loulla Astin has shared her recipe for refreshing triantafillo ice cream -- or as...