BM ve Çevre ve Orman Bakanlığı Ortak Programı04.Şub.2011
Deputy Undersecretary of Ministry of Environment and Forestry
General Secretary of TÜSİAD
Representatives of the Ministries
Representatives of the Private Sector
It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to address this distinguished audience in the final event of another very important cooperation initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) in the area of climate change.
UNDP is the UN's global development network, which is on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. Integrating what we do on development issues with what we do on climate and broader environment issues is essential. There is no simple choice to be made between fostering growth and development or protecting our climate and ecosystems. Both objectives are essential and fully compatible.
UNDP currently works with partners to provide support in the area of climate change by using its expertise and experience to assist countries to manage and address climate risks in a way which is pro-poor, which advances human development and accelerates the achievement of the MDGs.
The entire UN development system - with its network of country offices and its tremendous knowledge on all areas related to climate change, including on its inseparable link to development - is acting to promote climate-resilient development, and to support countries to place adaptation, and indeed mitigation, strategies at the very center of their national development plans.
As you are all aware this year was a make-or-break-year for international climate change negotiations. Governments met in Cancun, Mexico from 29th November until 10th December 2010. And as a result of extensive negotiations, the Conference of Parties (COP) and Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (CMP) adopted the Cancun decisions that will eventually lead to a new post-2012 regime and a new treaty.
The Cancun outcome encompasses a “balanced package of decisions” under the two-track Bali Road Map which consists of a number of forward-looking decisions related to both the Convention and the Protocol. In many areas, important progress has been made on substance including establishment of the Green Climate Fund, the Technology Mechanism and the Cancun Adaptation Framework.
Importantly from a development policy perspective, the Cancun package affirms “that addressing climate change requires a paradigm shift towards building a low-carbon society that offers substantial opportunities and ensures continued high growth and sustainable development.” Indeed, the entire agreement is infused by statements that stress the importance of sustainable development and poverty eradication. UNDP welcomes this development.
Since its accession to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Turkey has taken many steps to take its place in the fight against climate change. Representatives from Turkey’s public and private sectors have worked hard to facilitate the process in preparing for the Post-2012 regime.
Capacity Building for Climate Change Management in Turkey Project was one of those initiatives which aimed at developing the capacity of Turkey to participate efficiently in the international climate change negotiations and to join the flexible mechanisms of Kyoto through better experiencing the Voluntary Carbon Markets. With strong partnership among Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the State Planning Organization, Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association (TÜSİAD) and UNDP, the project contributed to converged level of knowledge and understanding of climate change negotiations by stakeholders and enhanced public private sector partnership dialogue on negotiations. Last but not least the project also supported establishment of necessary structure and partnership in the area of national carbon markets.
As also reaffirmed by Cancun decisions, capacity-building is essential to enable countries to participate fully in addressing the climate change challenges. We would like to express that UNDP stands ready to further assist Turkey’s effective engagement in the international climate change policy dialogue by using its expertise and experience in the area of climate change.
We believe that Cancun deal provides some bright spots for Turkey to engage itself to the new climate change regime and carbon markets and throughout this process UNDP will continue to remain engaged in supporting Turkey’s national climate change efforts.
Before I finish, let me take the opportunity of extending our gratitude to our project partners, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, State Planning Organization and TÜSİAD for their valuable contributions. Let me also reiterate that it has always been a great privilege for us, the UNDP, to be a partner of the Government of Turkey in her efforts towards development.