MINSK, 11 December (BelTA) – Belarus' Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Andrei Khudyk met with Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Rita Schwarzeluhr-Sutter on the sidelines of the 25th United Nations Climate Change conference in Madrid, Spain. The parties reached a preliminary agreement to sign a framework document on cooperation on environmental protection and climate change, BelTA learned from the press service of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.
On the sidelines of the conference, Andrei Khudyk held a number of bilateral meetings. Negotiations with Estonian Minister of the Environment is Rene Kokk focused on cooperation in waste management and environmental assessment and the measures in furtherance of the memorandum of understanding signed between the Belarusian and Estonian agencies last year. Ways to step up cooperation were on the agenda of a meeting with First Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Environment Jose Fidel Santana Nunez of Cuba.
Andrei Khudyk met with Ruslan Edelgeriev, Adviser to the President, Special Envoy on Climate of Russia, Russia's Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister Murad Kerimov and Igor Shumakov, the head of the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet). The parties discussed the situation with climate change at the regional and global level, the most effective mechanisms to deal with it. The parties examined the possibility of working together in this area, including through common climate projects to be financed by the Climate Change Window of the Russia-UNDP Trust Fund for Development.
The 25th United Nations Climate Change conference (COP 25) is a key event aimed at working out the decisions to launch the Paris Agreement mechanisms. The main goal of the agreement is to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. During the conference, the Belarusian delegation focuses on issues such as access to financial mechanisms and resources, national climate adaptation plans and requirements to report on them.More about Society