Georgia’s Vision on Climate Change
Author: By Mayya Kelova
The human, environmental and financial cost of climate change is fast becoming unbearable, stated UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the opening ceremony of the Global Climate Summit on September 23 in New York. “We need a clear shared vision,” he pleaded.
More than 120 Heads of State and Government, business, finance and civil society representatives gathered at UN Headquarters to announce their commitments and practical actions being undertaken to cut gas emissions, stop deforestation, enhance resistance to climate change and mobilize financing for climate action.
Irakli Gharibashvili, the Prime Minister of Georgia, addressed Georgia’s current issues during the summit and highlighted the ongoing projects that are aiming to change the situation in the country.
“In my country, climate change is leading to increased warming, the reduction of water input transboundary basins, extreme weather events, and climate related hazards,” PM Gharibashvili said. He also mentioned the mountainous territory of Georgia, and its high susceptibility to floods, landslides and mudslides, as well as the country’s vulnerability to rising sea levels, storms and coastal erosion that has intensified and resulted in the destruction of parts of the coastline and infrastructure.