On April 20 the Government approved the project of decree of the President on powers of Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko for signing the Paris Agreement. As reported by the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers.
“Therefore, Ukraine will be the 156thcountry which will sign this Agreement in New York in the presence of Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon on April 22”, - Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Ostap Semerak noted.
In addition, Ostap Semerak explained that Ukraine is a party to the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement will replace the Kyoto Protocol and will come into effect from 2020 for all parties of the Convention. “The Agreement establishes only the basis of the international regime on climate change. Mechanisms, procedures and other practical issues of introduction of the Agreement must be developed within the next four years”, - the Minister remarked.
"Having become a party to the Agreement, Ukraine will determine its obligations concerning the level of greenhouse gas emissions on its own taking into account its social and economic development and financial abilities”, - said Mr. Semerak.