MINSK, 9 November (BelTA) - A delegation of Belarus is taking part in the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), which is underway in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on 6-18 November, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.
The official opening of the event featured a summit of the heads of state and government. Some 47 heads of state and government made national statements. The presidents of Armenia and Tajikistan, as well as the prime minister of Kazakhstan spoke on behalf of the CIS member states.
According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, speeches included calls to maintain the rate of reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the commitments made, to conserve and increase the area of forests, as well as to fulfill the promise of $100 billion for the UN Fund for Adaptation for developing countries. In addition, European Union member states reaffirmed their commitment to reducing fossil fuels despite the current energy crisis.
Today, the high-level segment continues, during which presidents and heads of state of the 53 parties will present national statements and update the international community on the implementation of climate commitments and new initiatives for the near future.