By: Milen Vesovic
Belgrade, Nov.23, 2009 (Serbia Today) - Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning, Oliver Dulic, said that Serbia is ready for an active role at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen from December 7th to the 18th.
While appearing at a joint press conference with UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, Srdjan Kerim, Dulic also emphasized that Serbia needed financial assistance and a technology transfer to fully participate in the objectives of the world community to stop climate change.
In the coming week, a delegation, led by Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic, will work to define Serbia’s positions on the objectives set in forth for the UN conference in Copenhagen.
Dulic said that Serbia wishes to join regional leaders in confronting climate change and to give its full cooperation to make an impact in issues surrounding agriculture, energy and human health.
Kerim has expressed supported of the efforts of the Serbian Government in recognizing the role of the UN, especially in a complex and delicate issue of climate change. He recalled that the UN was marking the Day of the Child, which was established 20 years ago and that it is the duty of all nations to leave their children a planet that will allow them to live in dignity and without a shortage of resources.
Kerim said that the Copenhagen agreement must achieve a common vision on the reduction of harmful gas emissions by 50%, and the measures to be taken so that the temperature of the planet does not increase by more than 1 to 2 degrees. He warned that if we do not reach such agreement, will be faced with a disaster that threatens to raise the sea level so dramatically, as many as 45 UN member countries will disappear. These Pacific Island States that are currently at risk represent the first State casualties caused by global warming.