Cuba presents its positions on climate change at COP25 in Madrid

By Ana Laura Arbesu, Special Correspondent Madrid, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is taking a firm stance on its climate responsibility despite its low contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, with ambitious mitigation measures, an expert explained in Madrid on Wednesday.

‘Like any developing country, depending on the national circumstances, capabilities and resources we receive through international cooperation, Cuba supports the initiatives of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), included in the Paris Agreement (2015),’ stated Orlando Rey, one of the negotiators attending the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in this capital, speaking to Prensa Latina.

Rey recalled that the NDCs were prepared at that time for a five-year period, and they will be updated in 2020.

This process identifies mitigation possibilities, with analysis based on the country’s economic plan and financial resources, he said.

According to the expert, who has vast experience in negotiations in the COP, committing to more ambitious measures, as this summit has reiterated again and again, must be based on national capacities and it is important that is understood.

Cuba needs to prioritize adaptation and spend resources on protecting coastal settlements, planting mangroves to protect from rising sea levels as a vulnerable nation, and work to preserve coral reefs.

Rey insisted not to get carried away by speeches that seek to involve everyone, as there is an incorrect distribution of responsibilities for issues that sometimes have nothing to do with us.

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