President Dalia Grybauskaitė

Statement by President Dalia Grybauskaitė at the signing ceremony of the Paris agreement on climate change

2016-04-22

Mr. President, Excellencies, Colleagues,

The Paris agreement we are signing today is ambitious, universal and verifiable. It required all sides to compromise and unite for a common cause. More importantly it is a win for the planet, win for the people and win for the economies.

Together with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris agreement gives us a roadmap towards the world that is more just, prosperous and sustainable for everyone.

For all of us, climate action means better health, more growth, new markets and jobs.

Now that the talking is done, it is time for action. Time for results. The biggest emitters have a special responsibility to deliver, but each country must contribute.

Our investments today affect the quality of tomorrow that will have an impact on the planet for generations.

Mr. President,

Fully committed to the EU’s pledge to reduce emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030, Lithuania is a clear example that rapid economic growth is possible without harming the environment.

First, we have demonstrated that an increase in GDP does not have to be followed by more greenhouse gas emissions.

In the last 25 years, Lithuania’s emission levels fell by almost 60 percent while GDP increased by 30 percent.

Second, we are rapidly increasing the share of renewables in our energy mix. This year we have reached the target of producing over 23 percent of energy from renewable resources.

Finally, it is important to note that although nuclear energy can be a component of a clean energy strategy, the safety of all nuclear infrastructure must be ensured.

The consequences of a nuclear accident would affect much more than one country. Whole regions would risk contamination and face long term environmental and health impact.

That is why all nuclear power projects must be implemented in line with international law, transparently and in cooperation with the neighboring countries.

Mr. President,

The implementation of the Paris agreement is not someone else’s problem. It is our responsibility. We are creating a low carbon future that our economies and societies deserve.

We are taking action for the future that lasts.

Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania

Last updated 2016.05.18 19:23

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