Shukova: The government is strongly committed to dealing with climate change and effective implementation of the Law on Climate Action once it’s adopted 

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The Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning, Kaja Shukova, was one of the speakers at the third Socio-Environmental Forum that is being held in Skopje this weekend. 

In her presentation, Shukova emphasized that the Government and the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, as institution responsible for climate change, are strongly committed to dealing with climate change and effective implementation of the Law on Climate Action once it is adopted. 

“This, among other things, would mean that we are committed to continuous capacity building for climate activities, aimed at all stakeholders, governmental institutions and local governments, the public and private sectors, civil society organizations, youth, vulnerable groups, among which strong cooperation is from essential meaning. We have proven partners in scientific institutions, whose knowledge will be further leveraged in meeting our ambitious climate goals. Our generation is witnessing the catastrophic impacts of climate change on a global level and on all sectors, from infrastructure to food security and the health of the people”, Shukova said.

 She informed that the draft Climate Action Law, which transposes several relevant EU regulations and directives, went through a public consultation phase in early spring, receiving positive comments from stakeholders, including those from local government and civil society organizations. Currently, the draft Law is in the intergovernmental procedure for consideration and comments. 

 The Socio-ecological forum is organized by the “Friedrich Ebert” Foundation, the “Olof Palme” International Center and Progress – Institute for Social Democracy. 

 The goal of the forum is to enable debate and discussion regarding the energy policies of the countries of the Western Balkans and the European Union, environmental challenges, the green agenda, promotion of social cohesion through investments in employment, quality and inclusive education, and high-quality services for social inclusion and protection.