Cuba to Insist on Binding, Transparent Agreement at Climate Event

Paris, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will insist on the adoption of a binding and transparent agreement at the upcoming world summit on climate change that will start in this capital within three weeks.

Cuban Minister of Science, Technology and Environment, Elba Rosa Perez, described the joint work this way to Prensa Latina. She is participating in a ministerial meeting here in order to speed up negotiations ahead of the upcoming event.

The island has spent more than one year working hard in international negotiations and also within the country to make a significant contribution with regard to everything that has to do to adapt to climate change, she said.

Perez stressed that participants proposed to work primarily on adaptation. They presented to the government direction a group of policies in order to work towards within the nation and continue preparing the country to face the effects of that phenomenon.

The country mainly works as of the results that science, technology and innovation are giving, in order to avoid improvisation, she added.

Changing the national energy matrix in the coming years, implying to reach approximately 24 percent of effectiveness in the use of energy, has also been proposed, she said.

To obtain that effectiveness, “we have proposed to assume until 2020 and later until 2030 as many renewable energy sources, using more wind, solar, biomass energy, anyway, there is a strategy at short, mid and long term that we have prepared,” she explained.

With that strength and inner work, we come to these international events, to show the work done by Cuba. Although their emissions of greenhouse gases are minimal, we are saving the Earth, man, humanity, and therefore we understand that we also have to do our contribution, she said.

In this meeting, we support the stance by small island states, developing countries, which raises the need that the treatment is common, but differentiated, she noted.

Financing; technologies; use of the results of science; common but differentiated responsibilities; are issues that should be clearly discussed to achieve the success of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, she said.

The minister of Science, Technology and Environment also referred to a recent meeting about the issue that brought together in Ecuador representatives of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

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