TIRANA, 3 December 2023 – Prime Minister Edi Rama participated in the World Climate Action Summit COP 28, which takes place every year, as a meeting between leaders of states and governments to define responsibilities for climate action and to identify and evaluate climate measures.
On the second day of the Summit, which this year is being held in the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister Edi Rama said in his speech that “as a representative of the Republic of Albania, but also of a region that is moving fast, but is still in development in Europe, called the Western Balkans, I stand here before you today to share some thoughts. We all know that for decades developing countries like ours have struggled tirelessly to address development challenges while facing the negative effects of climate change.”
“And yes, the Paris agreement was a ray of hope, a promise made by the world to protect our planet and its inhabitants, and yet the reality is far from the commitments made. To put it bluntly, the burden of climate action continues to fall disproportionately on the shoulders of developing countries, despite our minimal contribution to this crisis while the big polluters do their best to lecture us, but not to to stop himself. However, what we do is what we believe in and we have committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally by 20.9% by 2030 and achieve climate neutrality by 2050,” Rama underlined.
Secondly, continued Rama, our country aims to become an energy leader in the region and a net exporter of energy by 2030, but you should know that Albania is one of the rare countries that has no carbon dioxide emissions from energy production.
“Of course on the other hand, it faces an extreme hydrological risk because we depend on the climate even though we are already in a full-scale diversification with wind and solar energy. Thirdly, Albania has moved forward with the implementation of nature-based solution practices in recent years, and this year the Vjosa, Europe’s last known wild river, has been declared a National Park in Albania. It was funny though, because the biggest and richest around us in Europe who have tamed all their rivers lectured us all the time about how important it was to have a wild river in Europe, but not it is important, laughing is good and our commitment is strong and real, so we did it and we are fully committed to continue like this”, emphasized Rama.
Prime Minister Rama said that “in the end, let me conclude with a special mention and thank from the bottom of my heart the host country of this great event, the United Arab Emirates and the leadership of this country, the visionary President Mohammed bin Zayed who is showing to our community of countries what it means to match words with deeds and saying goodbye to everyone, I wish we had more UAE in our community of countries so that what is dark, we can make it lighter and our brightest journey”.