Czech President to Present National Commitments on Coal, Renewables, and Climate at UN Sustainable Development and Climate Summits

Czech President Petr Pavel is set to present the Czech Republic’s national commitments related to coal phase-out, renewable energy adoption, nature regeneration, and air protection at the upcoming United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit and Climate Ambition Summit. Environment Minister Petr Hladik made this announcement during a recent press briefing, emphasizing that these commitments align with the government’s policy statement.

The SDG Summit and Climate Ambition Summit are scheduled to take place in New York from September 18 to 20. Among the key issues to be addressed, Hladik highlighted the transition away from coal towards renewable energy, which will be a significant aspect of President Pavel’s presentation.

The Czech Republic’s commitments reflect its dedication to being a constructive partner in global efforts to combat climate change. The government aims to mitigate the impacts of climate change and contribute to the EU’s goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050, as outlined in its policy statement. Additionally, the government has pledged to enhance the coherence of all national policies in line with the implementation of these commitments and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.

When asked about financial commitments at the summit, Minister Hladik explained that the voluntary commitments being presented are in line with the Czech Republic’s existing pledges, which it intends to uphold in the future. Notably, these commitments are allocated within the chapter of the Environment Ministry. At the COP 27 summit in Egypt last year, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala promised that the Czech Republic would renew its contributions to the Green Climate Fund. The government subsequently approved an annual contribution of one million dollars between 2024 and 2027.

The 2030 Agenda, which encompasses 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), serves as a global action plan to promote economic and social prosperity while protecting the environment. The SDG Summit will culminate in the adoption of a joint declaration by participating countries, underscoring their commitment to these crucial goals. Czech Republic’s participation in these international summits signifies its dedication to addressing critical environmental and climate issues on a global stage.

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