Remarks by H.E. Mr. Niko Peleshi, Deputy Prime Minister of Albania - 22 April 2016

High-level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement

Your Excellency, Mr. Secretary General,
Honourable Heads of States and Governments,
Distinguished participants,

Today is a historic day!

Today we sign the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change. I am particularly glad and honoured and proud to be here today to sign the Agreement on behalf of Albania.

The great astronomer and one of the greatest philosophers of our time, Carl Sagan, in his book “Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space” wrote:

“Consider that dot again. It’s here. It’s home. It’s us... In our obscurity - in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves...”

Ladies and Gentleman,

Albania, like all the States present here today is committed toward a strong action on climate change. We are all at the same time, with various degrees, “perpetrators” and victims of the changes of the climate.

Albania is in a unique position regarding the low emission of greenhouse gases, because its sector producing electric power is totally decarbonized and close to 1/3 of primary energy production is based on renewable energy.

Unfortunately, this hydro power capacity is vulnerable to climate change impacts.

But regardless of these advantages, Albanian authorities approved, passed and delivered INDC’s (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) within the deadlines set by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The National Contribution will produce a direct impact on reviewing the development of various sectors of economy and will determine the decarbonising as a new way of growth.

Our commitments are:
- 11.5% reduction of carbon-dioxide emission by 2030.
- If data quality of non‐CO2 greenhouse gases improves, Albania commits to expand its INDCs to other greenhouse gases as well.
- Albania fully supports Article 2 of this Agreement that is to keep the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
- Albania, conscious of the importance of a fast entry into force of the Agreement, commits to ratify this Agreement within fall 2016.
As a European Union Candidate Country, serving the best interest of reaching a global Agreement, Albania will make maximal efforts to meet the objectives set in the INDC about a Sustainable Development.

Our institutions, in compliance to the European Union policies, are working to prepare the national strategy on climate changes, the national plan and the proper legislation in this field.

Hoping that Albania’s contribution, although a modest one, will help to reach the objective of preventing the increase of global temperatures, please rest assured that the integration of climate changes in the strategies of the main sectors of my country’s economy has already become part of the Albanian institutions’ agenda.

Thank you!

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