Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Ostap Semerak, while delivering a speech at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) which takes place in Katowice (Poland), urged the Parties and the Secretariat to maintain a staunchest position regarding Crimea and not to recognize any change in the status of Crimea or the city of Sevastopol.
He recalled that the Russian Federation has repeatedly tried to include data on the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in the reports on emissions and green gas removal, therefore violating a number of international documents.
"I want to remind all Parties and the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change about paragraph 6 of the UN GA Resolution 68/262 Territorial integrity of Ukraine that calls upon all States, international organizations and specialized agencies not to recognize any alteration of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. We urge all Parties and the Secretariat to strictly follow the provisions of this resolution regarding the documents submitted by Russia, " Ostap Semerak stressed.
Moreover, he placed a special emphasis on inadmissibility of any forms of recognition of attempt to annex Crimea and the need to block Russian attempts to include data on the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in its statistical reporting.
It should be noted that the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) will be held from December 2 to December 14, 2018 in Katowice (Poland). About 30 thousand people from all over the world will take part in the event.The conference is expected to finalize the rules for the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change under the Paris Agreement work programme (PAWP). The Ukrainian delegation is headed by Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Ostap Semerak. Apart from participating in the conference, the Minister also held a series of bilateral meetings, in particular with the Ministers of Ecology of Turkey and Estonia.