Diplomacy in the air: Turkey seeks financing in climate change fight

Published 30.11.2018 00:48
Updated 30.11.2018 08:00

Incorrectly classified as a developed country, Turkey seeks to amend its status in an upcoming international climate change conference. Though it set out its own goals in the fight against the phenomenon threatening the world, Turkey is striving to more effectively combat the issue by obtaining more international financing to invest in solutions.

In order to be eligible for financial support to carry out its initiatives, it applied to the U.N. on Nov. 15 to switch its status from a developed to a developing country.

A delegation led by Environment and Urban Development Minister Murat Kurum is expected to attend the 24th session of the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP24) between Dec. 2 and Dec. 14 in Katowice, Poland.

There, they will negotiate to amend the list of parties included in Annex I of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in a bid to remove Turkey from the list of developed countries.

The most important item on the conference's agenda is the approval of the Paris Agreement Work Programme, including the implementation rules of the Paris Agreement, which came into force on Nov. 4, 2016 and regulates the fight against climate change post-2020.

For Turkey, approval of its demand to remove its name from Annex I to the convention is the most critical topic apart from the work program.

The country will participate in the conference with a large delegation consisting of representatives from relevant institutions and organizations.

Officials say Turkey has the potential to engage in significant greenhouse gas reduction and to assess this potential, the country needs financial and technological support for infrastructure, innovation, and research and development investments.

Under the climate change regime, only developing countries can access financial support. For that aim, Turkey has been actively attending negotiations.

In 2017, even though Turkey and German Deputy Environment Minister Jochen Flasbarth worked on a draft resolution that will allow access to financial support, a unanimous decision could not be reached due to objections from developing countries.

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