Havana, Friday 18 de January de 2019 12:50 pm

Still no agreement at Climate Change Summit, says Cuban minister

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HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 14 (ACN) A few hours before the close of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, the demands of developing countries remain unresolved, said Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya, Minister of Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba, on her Twitter account.
The Minister heads the Cuban delegation to the forum in which, according to their statements on the social network, no agreement is reached on the calls for further development and transfer of technologies for developing countries, as well as the need to analyze the barriers to access them.
At the meeting, Cuba presented its experiences in the application of the State Plan for Confronting Climate Change, Life Task, whose actions include reducing population settlements in coastal areas, diversifying and adapting crops to new scenarios, preserving sandy beaches and ensuring the availability and efficient use of water.
In the program parallel to the Summit, Pérez Montoya held a positive meeting with the Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus, Andréi Judyk, with whom he agreed to negotiate in the first months of 2019 a memorandum of understanding for collaboration on climate change, reported the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
She also held a fraternal meeting with Spain's Minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera Rodríguez, with whom she exchanged views on the project entitled "Strengthening capacities and tools for assessing impacts and vulnerability in the northwestern coastal zone of Cuba to hurricanes and climate change," implemented with Spain's support.
The same diplomatic source points out that the interview raised the interest of expanding by 2019 the collaboration between both ministries on the issue of climate change and the Cuban minister invited her counterpart to participate in the XII International Convention on Environment and Development to be held in Havana July next year.
The COP 24 brings together representatives of the member states of the United Nations and has the purpose of establishing a work agenda for the definitive implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Cuba ratified this agreement in December 2016 and defends the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, with a balanced treatment among the elements of mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology transfer, capacity building, losses, damages and response measures.

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