Armenia’s President Attends Climate Change Summit in Paris


President Serge Sargisian

President Serge Sargisian

PARIS (Public Radio of Armenia) — On Monday, November 30, President Serge Sargisian participated at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The conference, which is presided over by France, is being attended by the Heads of state and government from 150 countries and by thousands of delegates.

At the beginning of the meeting, delegates observed a minute of silence in tribute to the memory of the victims of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. According to the organizers, the presence of numerous world leaders at the Paris Conference in the wake of these tragic events proves that when it comes to confronting challenges presented to the entire humankind, civilization and solidarity are stronger than barbarity.

In their opening remarks the President of France Francois Hollande, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France Laurent Fabius, who is presiding over the meeting, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Prince Charles of Great Britain and other speakers stressed the importance of the 21st Conference for the future of planet Earth and humanity and noted that today people from all over the world are looking at Paris, expecting that as a result of the deliberations on the gravest challenge faced by the human kind – disastrous change of climate, with no delay there will be adopted a groundbreaking decision.

The Final Agreement of the Conference will be adopted on December 11, with members suggesting that it should not be simply about good intentions but clear-cut and strong political messages to ensure that safe future of the humanity has no alternative.

During his speech, Sargisian stressed that climate change threatens all states equally, regardless of their size or level of development. Even though Armenia’s share in global emissions is not large and does not exceed two hundredth of a percent, according to the Sargisian Armenia attaches great importance to the need for combining the efforts of all countries to address this issue and as a developing nation has committed herself to contribute to this global endeavor.

He said, “The Armenian national position was reflected in the ‘Plan of Actions defined at the National Level’ adopted by our Government. It is built upon the following principles:

“First, global emissions of the greenhouse gases shall be limited at the threshold, which would keep the temperature increase below the two degrees Celsius.

“Second, we shall adopt an approach that is “general but differentiated,” and take into account the varying degree of the current and historical responsibility of the numerous countries.

“Third, the responsibility and burden-sharing for limiting the emissions of greenhouse gases shall be distributed by taking into account the rights of the contemporary and future generations to utilize the climate resources.

“And, finally, not to do anything that would make the developing countries to slide back,” Sargisian said.

“Armenia stands ready to undertake a commitment of a quantitative limitation to the increase of the emissions of greenhouse gases,” he conlcuded.