«Regional Unity to Combat Climate Change»

Format:

OFFLINE

Date and time:

November 2, 2021 14:30 – 16:15

Location

Glasgow, Scotland, UK (CAREC pavilion)

Location

Exhibition Way, Glasgow, G3 8YW, Zone D5

Background

The impact of climate change in Central Asia is leading to serious problems such as desertification, significant increases in sea levels, melting of glaciers and the subsequent depletion of drinking and irrigation water resources. To ensure sustainable development in the region, there is an urgent need to develop and implement effective measures to combat both the pandemic and the climate emergency. The ability of countries to cope with the impacts of climate change needs to be strengthened through appropriate financial flows, a new technology program and capacity-building activities.

In 2021, a process will be completed to update and enhance national policy goals through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to facilitate greenhouse gas emission reduction and climate change adaptation. The world community, including the region of Central Asia, will present their plans for the near future, which will ultimately determine the success of the Paris Agreement. 

The unique mandate of the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (hereinafter – CAREC), the presence of five offices in the countries of the region and a team of professionals made it possible to implement a significant number of projects in the field of climate protection in the Central Asian region. This year, a conference on climate change brought together the ministers of environmental protection and ecology of the Central Asian countries to discuss the prospects and challenges for regional cooperation. As part of this event, Kazakhstan proposed an initiative to create a regional Climate Hub on the basis of the International Center for Green Technologies and Investment Projects.

Today, the Republic of Kazakhstan is an active leader in renovating the ecological model of national legislation that is in line with modern low-carbon trends. Within the framework of Kazakhstan’s transition to a green economy and the strategies to tackle climate change, in December 2020, on the fifth anniversary of signing the Paris Agreement, Kazakhstan’s president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced the country’s commitment to reach climate neutrality by 2060. To implement this initiative and reduce the negative anthropogenic impact on the environment, the government developed the Doctrine on achieving carbon neutrality by 2060 and signed a new Environmental Code, which is a fundamentally new document in its content, outlining the principles for preventing adverse environmental impacts and defining climate policy goals. 

A high-level meeting with a climate agenda was held under the chairmanship of Kazakhstan, within the framework of the dialogue “С5 + 1” with the participation of the heads of the environmental departments of the Central Asian countries and the US President’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.

During the discussion, the need to increase climate ambitions in accordance with the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit the rise in global temperature was also under discussion.

The International Center for Green Technologies and Investment Projects, established by Kazakhstan, is one of the pillars of initiatives in the field of green energy and technologies, which can represent a center of regional expertise in transition to carbon neutrality. 

As a result, there is a growing need to establish the joint Central Asian Climate Block as a platform for developing collective approaches to address the climate challenges of the region.

Goals

The purpose of the side event is to promote regional dialogue, information, and knowledge exchange to support science-based and climate-resilient decision-making, as well as to find opportunities to create synergies in the implementation of climate projects by international financial organizations and development agencies in Central Asia. Raising awareness regarding the Central Asian countries’ readiness to realize their climate ambitions as well as presenting the region as promising, dynamic, and open to innovation and green technologies are also among other goals of the event. 

Expected results

  • Strengthen the regional dialogue among the Central Asian countries to implement climate policies and promote the green agenda in the region 
  • Coordinate the positions of the Central Asian countries to enhance contributions to global actions to combat climate change;
  • Exchange of information on existing and planned climate change financing programs; enhanced dialogue between national governments and international development organizations, multilateral development banks and other donors on the possibilities of attracting finance to the Central Asian region;
  • Ongoing dialogue in the “C5 + 1” format between the CA countries to ensure a unified focus in the field of technical and financial assistance to the CA countries in order to increase countries’ climate ambitions through the allocation of funds by donor countries and private charitable investments;
  • Using the example of the Republic of Kazakhstan as a leader in the Central Asian region in promoting climate policies, it is proposed to develop the necessary joint position on the climate agenda, reflecting mutually beneficial goals in achieving sustainable development through promoting the Central Asian Climate Hub (CA Climate Hub);
  • Communicate to the global community and member countries the possibilities of the Climate Hub to become a potential lead agent and partner, contributing to a more sustainable evolution towards clean energy and a green economy in the region, providing interaction with the international community to ensure better integration into the global climate change agenda and promoting technical, regulatory and business experience;
  • the Climate Hub is perfectly suited to assist the Government in providing the necessary momentum for the development of the sector, the policy framework and the business environment to create a balanced local market and provide an enabling environment for international investment supporting existing reserves, capacity and contributing to the development of new projects.

Languages ​​of the event: Russian, English. Simultaneous translation will be provided by the organizers.