On December 12, the Paris Agreement celebrated its 5th anniversary. 196 Parties adopted this document at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris on December 12, 2015.
Its goal is to poll global resources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the consequences of climate change. The main challenge the world community facing today is to keep the rise in global temperatures considerably below 2 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial era.
Meanwhile, Central Asia is one of the most vulnerable regions face to climate change. For this reason, just recently, in November of this year, environmental NGOs of Central Asia presented their vision of "green" restoration of the region.
Timur Idrisov, environmental organization "Little Earth":
"We want our countries to develop more ambitious and identifiable national contributions to the Paris Agreement. In most of the countries, national contributions are rather weak, but there is potential for improvement. It is necessary to bridge the gap between the plans for economic development and plans to reduce emissions. But there are ambitious plans for coal mining that run counter the climate plans. We are talking about clear legislation, the abolition of subsidies for the extraction of fossil fuels, and new standards related to clean energy. One of the keys to green recovery is healthy ecosystems. Restoring ecosystems and protecting the remaining systems is an essential element if we talk about adaptation to climate change."
As part of this position, representatives of more than 50 civil society organizations call on the countries of the region to make more ambitious commitments, revise their nationally determined contributions to the Paris Agreement, and set a target to reduce greenhouse emissions by at least 20 percent by 2030.
"We appeal to the authorities of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan and the international community to propose measures designed to improve the climatic and social situation in the CA region, as well as to recognize the significant role of civil society in this process."
The 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement is a significant date, reminding us that time flies, and it is essential to start acting here and now.