Kosovo contributes to the global effort on Climate Change

12 Sep 2013

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One more step was taken in Kosovo towards future of low emission development. Hosted by the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning (MESP), the inter-ministerial working groups for climate change met to discuss the possible Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions to be included in the Climate Change strategy being currently drafted in Kosovo.

The meeting was held to mark the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (16 September), and around 30 governmental experts and members of administration took part in the day. In the global efforts to deal with the climatic changes, the message from the UN Secretary General brings us hope in our ability to take action in protecting the environment: “As we implement the outcomes of the 2012 Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the remarkable success story of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer provides a beacon of hope.  It provides protection for the ozone layer, significantly contributes to climate mitigation and reminds us that, faced with existential threats, the nations of the world are capable of cooperation for the common good.“

The ozone layer protection is linked to climate protection efforts. The Montreal Protocol (1987, came into force 1989) has succeeded in decreasing or halting the increase of the atmospheric concentrations of halogenated hydrocarbons that have a role in ozone depletion; however, these have been replaced by carbons (HCFC’s and HFC’s) that are contributing to anthropogenic global warming.

UNDP Kosovo is supporting MESP that is leading the process for a Climate Change strategy that guides the national policy makers in Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation in Kosovo.