Statement by H.E. Ms. Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations at the Event Hosted by H.E. Mr. László Sólymos, Minister of Environment of Slovakia and H.E. Mr. Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, in Celebration of the Deposit of Instruments of Ratification for the Paris Agreement, 7 October 2016.
Mr. President of the General Assembly,
Excellency European Commissioner,
It is a great honour to be here at this event on the occasion of the Deposit of Instruments of Ratification for the Paris Agreement. Last Wednesday was a momentous day in the fight against climate change, as it saw the official crossing of the threshold for the Agreement to take effect. I would like to congratulate to all those who have already deposited their instruments of ratification, contributing immensely to the early entry into force of the Agreement. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the tireless efforts of the Secretary-General in spearheading our collective efforts to protect the planet for future generations.
As the global temperature is warming in an ever accelerating pace due to human impact, it is clear that the achievements of our civilization can only be sustained and protected for the generations to come by promoting climate-friendly technologies and innovations, by creating new and forward looking models of international cooperation and a renewed social and political approach towards the use of natural resources, all in compliance with the requirements of the 21st century.
Even though we might be in the 24th hour, by bringing this landmark Accord into effect, we now have our main international policy tool and the means at hand to reduce substantially the negative impacts of climate change, also by moving away from managing the crises to preventing them.
Showing Hungary's commitment towards the Paris Agreement, our Head of State signed the document at the high-level signing ceremony in New York on 22 April 2016. After that, Hungary was the first Member State of the EU that has finished its internal ratification procedure already in May. Echoing calls made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the international community, President János Áder has consistently urged European and other partners to promote the early entry into force of the Agreement. As the EU’s ambitious commitments have significantly contributed to the success of the Paris Climate Conference, Hungary also supported the EU's early ratification in order to trigger the entry into force of the Agreement as soon as possible, as an indication of the commitment to remain frontrunners in the phase of implementation as well.
We are therefore delighted that the 55% of the global emissions threshold of entry into force was met by the deposit of the instrument of ratification of the EU and its Member States, including Hungary.
Hungary is fully prepared to take part at the first session of the Conference of the Parties to the Paris Agreement in Marrakesh, and the coming discussions on the rulebook of the Agreement in the coming years in order to ensure that the ambitious aims of the Agreement are fulfilled.
We are intending to fulfill our commitments under the Paris Agreement jointly with the EU and its Member States. The implementation of the EU's joint commitment, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030 compared to the 1990 levels, has already started. Currently negotiations are underway on the detailed rules of the so-called 2030 climate and energy package. This package contains the underlying legislative acts to deliver the main goal, the 40% reduction.
We believe that it is crucial to maintain the huge political momentum experienced at the ratification process of the Paris Agreement, and the now effective Agreement should be fully implemented in the same manner. Immediate action is both our mutual interest and our prime responsibility.
I thank you.