During the Week a special #BeTheWave challenge on Instagram will involve young people to lead the vision on climate change by demonstrating their own actions in everyday life. The challenge, which is part of the Global initiative of the European Commission, motivates people to make simple, climate-friendly changes both at home and community, share the achievements on Instagram, and inspire the followers to do the same.
#EU4Environment Week aims to bring attention to the consequences of the climate change, and describes the EU support challenges put by environmental issues. It is also an occasion to rethink our relationship with nature, including questions on how unsustainable human activities drive biodiversity loss and cause a wider ecological crisis, what the implications are for our economy and society and how this could be changed. It is a reminder about the climate actions we must take at global, national, community and personal level.
“Although 2020 has been defined by enormous challenges brought by Covid-19, we must not lose sight of the mounting climate change issues that, if not addressed, will continue to affect us and generations to come. The end of 2020 marks the 5th Year Anniversary of the Paris Agreement that will guide our collaborative and shared efforts, European Union's and Uzbekistan's, in face of the climate challenge of our times”, - points out Jussi Närvi, the Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the European Union to the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan is seriously affected by the climate change. The situation is deepened by the problem of the Aral Sea basin, which causes many other ecological disasters such as air pollution and increasing salinization of irrigated lands and water. Considered as a technogenic catastrophe as such, today it became obvious that the revival of the Aral Sea to its full condition is already impossible. But it is in hand of local communities to switch to global approach and act in cooperation with international donor organizations that are here today to help.
“While the EU-funded projects in Uzbekistan keep working under circumstances of COVID-19, reaching out to communities and stakeholders, #EU4Environment week activities take place online and through social media. It appeals to young people in particular and invites to join global #BeTheWave challenge showing example and taking simple actions, such as, saving the water, going car-free, using paper or recyclable bags instead of plastic”, explains Francois Begeot, Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation in Uzbekistan.
Currently, the EU implements 10 projects in Uzbekistan that promote close cooperation not only in the areas of climate change and environment, but also in the areas of energy, water and food security linked to disaster risk reduction. These EU initiatives are all aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals that catalyze actions to combat climate change, as well as to the Paris Agreement.
For more information on #EU4Environment week activities, please refer to the links below:
About EU’s financial assistance in Uzbekistan
The EU has allocated €168 million to support sustainable development in Uzbekistan for the period 2014-2020. The key focus of the EU assistance is directed towards sustainable water management, as well as waste management, awareness-raising for sustainable environment, support to circular economy and innovations, agriculture, rural development and others. The EU support to Uzbekistan for the next programming period is currently being discussed.
About Paris Agreement
2020 marks the 5th year of the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement (PA) that is an important global milestone in tackling climate change. It is the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate change agreement, regulating measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, adopted by Paris climate conference 12 December 2015. 190 parties have joined PA globally. After the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, calls for a more ambitious climate action to governments became more frequently expressed in social movements by individuals, particularly the youth, and many other actors.
About EU’s global role in fight against climate change
European Union (EU) has been at the forefront of international efforts to fight climate change, the EU was instrumental in brokering the Paris Agreement and continues to show global leadership. The EU is a leader in tackling greenhouse emissions. By 2018, it had cut GHG emissions by 23% compared to 1990 levels, and it is committed to achieving a 40% cut by 2030. Last year in 2019, the EU reaffirmed its commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and put forward an inclusive growth strategy aiming at reaching a climate neutral European continent by 2050: the European Green Deal. The European Green Deal is a bold commitment of the EU for better environmental protection, expanded access to clean energy, ensuring food safety and security together with better jobs and opportunities for society towards climate neutrality. The European Green Deal is at the same time an integral part of the EU’s strategy to implement the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).