Belarus believes it is necessary to reliably link climate commitments to the system of sustainable development commitments. Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich made the relevant statement at the UN climate Summit in New York on September, 23.

Belarus believes it is necessary to reliably link climate commitments to the system of sustainable development commitments. Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich made the relevant statement at the UN climate Summit in New York on September, 23.

In particular, Belarus called upon developed nations to encourage direct investments in environmentally responsible countries. “It is necessary to clearly link climate arrangements to the system of commitments in the area of sustainable development. Close attention should be paid to energy and universal access to clean technologies,” stated Mikhail Myasnikovich.

“Climate change is a global challenge for the entire mankind. Only a universal response could be an effective answer to it. Belarus supports the initiative of the United Nations Organization and the European Union regarding a new climate agreement that will be designed to play this role. Success will be achieved only if every state voluntarily makes its own contribution to the common answer,” stated the Prime Minister.

Mikhail Myasnikovich underlined that Belarus honors its commitments as part of the Kyoto Protocol. In particular, the country has reduced greenhouse gas emissions in comparison with 1990 by a third while the GDP doubled in the period. The energy intensity of Belarus' GDP has been reduced by three times. The Prime Minister remarked that forests, swamps, and lakes occupy half of Belarus' territory and are carefully preserved.

“Belarus has created a market environment for green investments. Guarantees and tax incentives for investors are stipulated by the legislation. Belarus is a donor to the climatic security of the region, the ‘lungs' of Europe,” said the Prime Minister.

Belarus could have done more if the economic mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol had been more effective, added Mikhail Myasnikovich. “Motivation mechanisms of the new climate agreement have to be universally available and fair. Every party to the agreement that has reduced emissions has to be rewarded,” stated the Prime Minister.

He also remarked that Belarus believes the UN Secretary General's initiative in favor of sustainable energy for everyone very important and timely.

“The integration of these matters can be secured by forming a complex energy agenda of the United Nations Organization in the interest of sustainable development. We encourage all the governments of the world to undertake voluntary, ambitious but feasible commitments. All of us should use them to sign the new climate agreement and Belarus is ready to do it with the abovementioned principles in mind,” concluded Mikhail Myasnikovich.

The UN Climate Summit has been arranged upon the initiative of UN Secretary General Ban Ki–moon. The event is supposed to draw attention of leaders from all over the world, the business community, financial institutions, the production sector, and the global community to the problem of climate changes and the development of a new climate agreement that will replace the Kyoto Protocol and will be ready for signing in Paris in late 2015. The summit is also supposed to provide a venue for declaring proposals, initiatives, and voluntary commitments in favor of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and restricting the global warmup by 2C.

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