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Expert says developing countries need support to implement Paris Agreement

November 08, 2016, 15:32 UTC+3 MARRAKECH
The Russian expert explained that climate risks and the economic aspects of the Paris Agreement implementation should be assessed for each state separately
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MARRAKECH, November 8. /TASS/. A number of developing countries need expert and financial assistance to carry out the Paris Climate Agreement, Russian Presidential Adviser on Climate Change Alexander Bedritsky said in an interview with TASS.

"In order to ratify this agreement <...>, many developing countries need assistance, especially financial assistance, as not every country has enough qualified experts and scientific capacity to develop low-carbon strategies that suit its peculiarities best," Bedritsky noted.

The Russian expert added that climate risks and the economic aspects of the Paris Agreement implementation should be assessed separately for every country.

"All this requires analysis and expert support, and many countries need funds for that. This is the reason why many states have been refraining from ratifying the agreement," the Russian presidential adviser concluded.

On November 7, the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-22) opened in the Moroccan city of Marrakech. Around 20,000 participants include heads of state and government, ministers, heads of international organizations, representatives of ecological bodies, energy companies and monitoring agencies as well as eminent experts, businessmen and journalists. The conference aims at developing measures to implement the Paris Climate Agreement signed on December 12, 2015 at the previous UN Climate Change Conference (COP-21) which came into effect last Friday, November 4.

The UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech will run until November 18. 

Russia's contribution 

Russia has made one of the biggest contributions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a senior Russian foreign ministry official told TASS. 

"Russia has made one of the biggest contributions in abatement of greenhouse gas emissions. A Russian exhibition is dedicated to it," said Oleg Shamanov, head of the sector for multilateral environmental cooperation of the ministry’s international organizations department, who leads the Russian delegation to the United Nations Marrakech Climate Change Conference.

He said the Russian delegation includes officials from a number of government ministries and agencies, such as the ministries of natural resources, of economic development, of energy, and of transport, as well as businessmen and experts.

According to Shamanov, the Russian delegation plans to hold a special presentation on November 17 to highlight Russia’s efforts towards the so-called law-emission development, which envisages the use of socio-economic development models ensuring sustainable economic growth, on the one hand, and yield smaller amount greenhouse gas emissions, on the other hand. He said the presentation will be conducted by sectoral Russian business entities - Rosatom, a state nuclear corporation, and Rusal, a world’s biggest aluminum producer, which are reputed as pioneers of such development model.

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