On 16 May, the European Commission and the Serbian Ministry of Environmental Protection will organise an EU–Serbia Talanoa conference to discuss the implementation of the national climate plans put forward by the EU and Serbia as part of their contribution towards the objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The Paris Agreement on climate change opened a new chapter in global action to fight climate change and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable future. This year, countries are for the first time taking stock of the collective and individual efforts towards the Paris goals, under the ‘Talanoa Dialogue’ process agreed at the United Nations climate conference in 2015 (COP21).
As a way of prompting stories of action from all partners, the European Commission and the Serbian Ministry of Environmental Protection are convening an EU–Serbia Talanoa Conference on 16 May in Belgrade. The event is organised within the framework of the Regional Implementation of Paris Agreement Project (RIPAP).
This high-level conference will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss the implementation of the EU’s 2030 climate and energy policy framework and specifically the national climate plans put forward by the EU and Serbia – their nationally determined contributions (NDC) towards the objectives of the Paris Agreement. The conference will also support the involvement of a broad range of public and private actors in the fight against climate change.
The event aims to demonstrate how the EU and Serbia are delivering on their climate goals and help inform the preparation of the next set of nationally determined contributions, in line with the provisions of the Paris Agreement.
The conference participants will be welcomed by Mr Goran Trivan, Minister of Environmental Protection, Ms Elina Bardram, Head of Unit at the Directorate-General for Climate Action of the European Commission and head of the EU delegation at the UN climate negotiations, Ms Mateja Norčič Štamcar, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia and Ms Jelena Simović, Assistant Minister of Energy and Mining.
The RIPAP project supports beneficiaries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) in the development of resource-efficient, low-emissions and climate-resilient economies by strengthening capacity-building in understanding and implementing climate mitigation actions, their impacts and co-benefits. The EU-Serbia Talanoa national event is one of the high-level events organised to promote climate action, to be followed by a regional Talanoa event in September. The project is implemented by a consortium led by Human Dynamics.
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*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.