• Українською
  • Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources: Important decisions for Ukraine at the Bonn Climate Change Conference

    Thanks to the persistent work of the Ukrainian delegation at the Bonn Conference, the reports of the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will now contain a note on the temporary occupation of the territories of Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This will help prevent russia from using manipulative information.

    Also during the two-week Bonn Conference, the Ukrainian delegation informed the international community about the catastrophic consequences of russia's deliberate undermining of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant dam and other environmental crimes committed by russia. 

    In particular, the report "Climate Damage from Russia's War in Ukraine" was presented, which reflects the results of the analysis of greenhouse gas emissions related to the russian armed aggression against Ukraine over the 12 months of the war. The research was conducted with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF), Sweden, the European Climate Foundation and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action within the framework of the International Climate Initiative project. Experts estimate that over 119 million tonnes of greenhouse gases were released into the environment during the year of the full-scale war. This is almost equivalent to Belgium's annual emissions. This includes direct emissions from the fighting, as well as the fires caused by it and the future reconstruction.

    In addition, the Ukrainian delegation held a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Conference with representatives of Switzerland and Japan to agree on further steps to cooperate in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement. 

    Environmental activists also tried to draw the attention of the Climate Conference delegates to the negative impact of russia's armed aggression against Ukraine on the environment and the deepening climate crisis. They staged a protest in support of Ukraine, which was joined by well-known environmental activist Greta Thunberg.

    The Bonn Climate Change Conference is an international meeting where participating countries discussed topical issues of implementing the UN Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, which will be considered at this year's COP28 global climate summit in the UAE.