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November 30, 2022

COP27: President Iohannis conveys Romania’s willingness to collaborate with those in need to reduce natural disasters

President Klaus Iohannis conveyed Romania’s willingness to collaborate with those interested and with all those who need to reduce the risk of natural disasters, on the occasion of participating, on Tuesday, at the round table on the topic “Climate change and the sustainability of vulnerable communities”, on the sidelines of the Conference of the United Nations on Climate Change (COP27) which takes place in Egypt, in Sharm El-Sheikh.

According to the Presidential Administration, Klaus Iohannis pointed out, during the debate, that vulnerable communities are often the most affected by climate change and highlighted that this aspect should not be neglected in the process of adapting to climate change and in efforts to protect citizens from their consequences.

The President said that several measures can be applied, including the improvement of disaster risk management and early warning systems – essential to minimize human, natural and material losses, to reduce economic and social costs and at the same time protect citizens’ health and safety.

Klaus Iohannis welcomed the “Early Warnings for All” initiative, launched by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and emphasized that in Romania there are systems in operation that can transmit messages to warn the population about extreme weather phenomena, but these systems must be expanded globally.

The President specified that, in order to effectively respond to natural disasters, we must “exchange good practices and share resources”, Romania being successfully involved in several international missions to manage wildfires in Greece, North Macedonia, Slovenia and France.

President Iohannis also emphasized the need to improve access to education regarding the risks of climate change and their reduction, reiterating the fact that education is an essential part of the process of prevention, preparation and effective response to natural disasters amplified by climate change.


Education – one of the sustainable solutions to climate crisis


President Klaus Iohannis declared on Tuesday at the high-level event “Promoting Climate Change Education” organized on the sidelines of the 27th annual United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27) taking place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, that education is one of the sustainable solutions to the climate crisis.

“I firmly believe that one of the sustainable solutions to the climate crisis is education. Determining early behavioral change through education is key to achieving our emission reduction goals. In this regard, in Romania we propose measures such as a digital platform with educational resources regarding climate change, a Green Week during the school year, as well as a network of green schools and a sustainable educational infrastructure,” President Iohannis said.

He also showed that youth are and will remain the main partners in the fight against climate change.

“We need their energy and creativity to support our efforts. Raising awareness of climate issues through education and skill development would equip them with the proper tools to be strong agents for climate action within their societies. To this effect, we must take maximum advantage of initiatives such as the 2023 European Year of Skills,” said the Romanian head of state.

He also emphasized that climate change education should be seen as a common investment in our future.

“In the long term, education and skills development for the green economy will help us move from awareness to action. For this, we need to cooperate closely with international organizations. (…) We believe that topics related to climate education and skills development must be discussed at the highest level,” said President Klaus Iohannis, according to Agerpres.


Photo: www.presidency.ro

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