Olga Pilifosova: We have a window of opportunity that will close in 10 years

Publication date: 27 May 2024

“The Central Asia Climate Change Conference (CACCC-2024) is taking place during a crucial moment in the global environmental discourse, at a time when regional and transboundary cooperation is becoming critically important,” said Olga Pilifosova, representative of the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the opening ceremony of the Central Asia Climate Change Conference (CACCC-2024) in Almaty, May 27, 2024. 

She noted that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a similar body of the Convention on Biological Diversity had pointed to the need for a rapid transformation of socio-economic systems in the coming decade. 

“If this transformation is not carried out, it will lead to serious negative results after 2030. Thus, we have a window of opportunity that closes in 10 years, now it is smaller,” Olga Pilifosova emphasized.

According to her, last year was marked by the culmination of the first Global Stocktake of the Paris Agreement within the framework of the UNFCCC processes. As a result, the countries participating in the Paris Agreement are called upon to strengthen the transition away from fossil fuels, which could be a catalyst in changing the direction of long-term energy policy in the world.  

The Central Asia Climate Change Conference (CACCC-2024) is organized by the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) within the “Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program in the Aral Sea Basin AF” (CAMP4ASB AF), Central Asia Water and Energy Program (CAWEP), and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, in cooperation with The Global Partnership for Sustainable and Resilient Landscapes (PROGREEN), NDC Partnership (NDCP), Coalition for Capacity on Climate Action (C3A), Asia Development Bank (ADB), Asia Development Institute (ADBI), International Organization for Migration (IOM), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), SWITCH-Asia— a programme funded by the European Union, the Kazakh-German University (DKU), Green Academy along with valuable support provided from other partners.

The CAMP4ASB AF project is implemented by CAREC together with EC IFAS with the financial support of the World Bank and the Green Climate Fund.

The Central Asia Water and Energy Program (CAWEP) is a partnership between the World Bank, the European Union, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom aimed at creating conditions for improving water and energy security at the regional level and in beneficiary countries in a changing climate.

For more information, please contact Irina Bekmirzaeva, Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Programme Manager/CAMP4ASB Project Coordinator, at ibekmirzaeva@carececo.org    


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