Kazakh President Welcomes Paris Agreement on Climate Change

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev welcomed Dec. 15 the adoption of the final document of the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“Delegates from 196 UN member states have done a great amount of work and demonstrated once again unity in the face of modern challenges and threats. We also praise the efforts and the contribution of the United Nations into this complex negotiation process over many years,” Nazarbayev said in a special statement issued on the occasion.

“Addressing global climate change is one of the key conditions for sustainable development, poverty reduction and achievement of social and economic well-being of all countries of the world,” said the Kazakh President.

The Paris agreement on climate change was unanimously adopted Dec. 12 and seeks to hold global average temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Kazakhstan, which tackles national and regional environmental problems, attaches special importance to this agreement, said the President.

“We are firmly committed to the development of close cooperation with all the members of the international community in this field, as well as to the goals and objectives endorsed at the climate summit in Paris. In turn, Kazakhstan is ready to fulfill its commitments and to contribute to the implementation of the new agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Our country’s important contribution to it is EXPO 2017 to be held in Astana, themed Future Energy, which is directly related to the objectives of the conference on climate,” said Nazarbayev.

The Kazakh President thanked the French government for hosting a major summit that will impact all mankind in the new millennium.

“To address the global climate target to retain a temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius, Kazakhstan also presented its intended contribution, defined at the national level. We intend to reduce emissions by 15 percent and 25 percent to 2030 from the 1990 base year provided additional investment in the best technology is available,” said Kazakhstan’s Energy Minister Vladimir Shkolnik during the Climate Change Summit COP21 on Dec.7.

He added that “We are facing important objectives: modernisation of the fuel and energy complex, development of renewable energy sources, advancement of scientific and technological potential, improvement of the quality of environment, provision of Kazakhstan’s transition to a low-carbon development and the green economy.”

According to the minister, in order to “purify” the national economy from the emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases, modern comprehensive measures will be developed.