The Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment participates in the World Climate Change Conference

“All states should honour and commit to the implementation of the joint Agreement, the Paris Agreement on Climate, for a better future”

The Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Mr Nicos Kouyialis, represents Cyprus at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22), held in Marrakesh.

“All states should honour and commit to the implementation of the joint Agreement, the Paris Agreement on Climate, for a better future”, Minister Kouyialis stressed in his intervention in the plenary of the Conference.

The Minister of Agriculture stressed the need for all the parties to commit to and focus their efforts on the implementation of the Agreement, taking into consideration the already-existing problems of climate change, the extended periods of drought, the high temperatures, the degradation of our forests and rare ecosystems.

Mr Kouyialis noted that the signing and the ratification of the Agreement are only the first step and will not bring the change and the adjustment needed, unless each state turns its climate-related national goals into actions on all sectors of the economy. He highlighted that the states should align all their policies appropriately and implement measures, so that the effective addressing of the consequences of the climate change is ensured.

At his initiative, Minister Kouyialis met today with the Ministers of all Mediterranean states, to discuss measures for the protection of the maritime environment of the Mediterranean, which deals with challenges caused by the climate change. The Minister of Agriculture stressed the need for regional cooperation and coordinated efforts, so that all challenges and possible dangers are addressed effectively.

Source: Press and Information Office.