Parliamentarian Nikos Kettiros attended the 8th International Nevsky Ecological Congress which were concluded on Friday in St Petersburg, Russia.
?he Congress was hosted by the Inter-parliamentary Assembly of the CIS Member Nations and the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
According to a press release issued by the Cyprus House, Kettiros took part in a round table discussion titled “The Clean Environment as a Guarantee for the Protection of Human Health”. In his speech, he noted that Cyprus, as an island state in the Eastern Mediterranean, is particularly vulnerable to climate change and its effects, stressing that drought is seen as the main impact of change, while the island faces desertification and annual forest fires.
He spoke of the increasing migratory flows linked to climate change, which is a new serious challenge for the Mediterranean countries. Kettiros also referred to the common principles and values of the United Nations Charter of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (1992) and the Paris Accord (2015), which many of the participating countries have signed. He stressed the need for immediate action to address environmental issues and their impact on human health.
During his intervention in the plenary session of the Congress on Friday, Kettiros referred to the bathing water quality in Cyprus and the Natura 2000 areas on the island.
Source: Cyprus News Agency