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Minister Baltasar commits to exchange of experiences and knowledge among regions to combat climate change

He was speaking at the symposium on the role of the regions organised by the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, nrg4SD, as part of the last negotiating session before the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

The Catalan Minister for the Environment and Housing, Francesc Baltasar, made a commitment to promoting “the exchange of experiences and knowledge on climate change policies in our regions” as one of the areas to pursue in the fight against global warming. The Minister was speaking at the symposium “Thinking global, acting local: the vital role of the regions”, organised by the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD), of which Catalonia is a member, as part of the last negotiating session before the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15). The symposium is an initiative to debate the crucial role of the regions in the sphere of sustainable development.

For Mr Baltasar, the role of the nrg4SD is crucial to the achievement of this exchange of policy. But it would be only one of three areas to be pursued. A second, also essential area would  “developing partnership” between the regions of the developed countries and the regions of developing countries to guarantee the climate change plans in the countries as a whole, “and, in particular, those most vulnerable to climate change”. The third area would be “obtaining explicit recognition” of the functions regional governments “to guarantee the efficient implementation of the agreements reached in Copenhagen”.

Catalonia is a founder member of the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD), which was created during the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg from 26 August to 4 September 2002. It was the first world regional government network ever established.

Thursday, 5 November 2009