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Prime Minister Jüri Ratas attends the Madrid climate conference

1. December 2019 - 0:00

Stenbock House, 1 December 2019 - Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will be at the UN climate conference in Madrid tomorrow, with a speech presenting Estonia's climate goals and attending high-level meetings.

“In climate policy, results cannot be achieved alone. All countries must contribute to comply with the Paris Agreement and reduce greenhouse gases in such a way that the living environment for future generations is habitable,” Ratas said. “This requires the joint coordination of activities, as climate change has an increasing impact on biodiversity, water resources and ecosystems. Estonia has joined the plan to make the European Union climate neutral by 2050. We will continue to work to ensure that real steps are taken to meet this ambitious plan.”

The prime minister will attend a roundtable of heads of state on Monday, where he will outline Estonia's plans to fight climate change.

Under the leadership of Spain, the leaders of the Member States of the European Union will also gather in Madrid together with the new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. In the debate, Estonia underlines the importance of the European Union's new budget plan for achieving climate goals.

Ratas is yet to meet in Madrid with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Montenegro's head of government, Duško Marković.

The 25th   UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will be held in Madrid. The meeting aims to assess countries' actions in combating climate change and take decisions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Paris agreement approved in 2015. One of the focuses of this meeting is the agreement on international rules on emissions trading and the review of national plans to combat climate change.

Background
• Conference website: https://unfccc.int/cop25
• The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro and entered into force in 1994.
• The main objective of the Paris Agreement of December 2015 is to keep the global average temperature rise well below 2 °C, preferably to 1.5 °C (compared to pre-industrial times) and thus to control the negative consequences of climate change.