Paris Agreement assistance project to hold kick-off meeting

REC will lead Component 1 and be involved in all project activities

September 8, 2017

Climate change is a global challenge that requires a collaborative response. With the recently concluded Paris Agreement there is an increasing demand for international cooperation to drive the necessary transformation to a more resilient, low carbon economy. Strategies and projects in this area will need to consider how to address mitigation (reduction of greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation to climate change (building resilience to climate impacts), while also keeping in line with disaster risk reduction practices. Implementing credible climate policies and actions will require large-scale decarbonisation of the economy. Such a transformation will, however, bring opportunities for green jobs and economic, while at the same time improving air quality and public health. The EU has been implementing ambitious climate policy for decades and is in a good position to share its knowledge at expert level. Opportunities for cooperation should be seized to the greatest extent possible.

“Multi-Country Technical Assistance towards the Implementation of the new Paris Climate Agreement” is a new EU project that aims to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, and to assist in developing a resource-efficient, low-emissions and climate-resilient economy. The geographical scope of the project is Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. The consortium leader is Human Dynamics, and the REC is providing the team leadership of the project. Klimapolitika Aether UK and SQ Consult are project partners that will provide key project experts.

The REC is to be involved in all project activities and will lead Component 1, which supports the development and implementation of climate and energy policies and strategies in the beneficiary countries helping them to achieve commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement. The project partners met in Brussels on September 7, 2017, to discuss project management, methodology, the coordination of working groups, and general start-up activities.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

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