Serbia’s Climate Talks

ONLINE / 22 SEPTEMBER 2021

Time: 10:30 – 15.30

Registration is required
Participation is free of charge.

Ahead of COP26, this event will focus on how to transform climate ambitions into actions while fostering efficient and inclusive options as part of the transition to a new climate economy.

The Goals of the Event is to present Serbia’s increased climate ambition and related climate actions and initiate a stakeholders’ dialogue. Conclusions and recommendations of the Dialogue will be reflected in Serbia’s climate ambition, as appropriate.

The “Serbia’s Climate Talks” will seek responses to the four major questions concerning the goals of the CoP26:

  • How do we achieve decarbonization targets?
  • How can we make our communities and natural capital resilient to climate change?
  • How to mobilize financing for climate actions?
  • How to ensure collaboration between stakeholders in the decade of action?

UNFCCC 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) planned for November 2021 in Glasgow is the most important meeting since CoP21 when Paris Agreement was adopted.

In this Decade of Action, it is expected from all countries to turn their climate ambitions into immediate actions, to forge climate-smart partnerships in achieving the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 C degrees above pre-industrial levels.

With adoption of the Climate Change Law, the Republic of Serbia made important step towards low-carbon development, setting a clear trace for the transformation of its economy. New, revised and more ambitious NDC is setting the roadmap for decarbonization till 2030 and beyond.

UNDP’s Climate Promise is the world’s largest offer of support for countries to enhance their pledges (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. In collaboration with over 35 partners globally, UNDP is helping 118 countries to be bolder in reducing emissions, increasing resilience, and protecting nature.

UNDP’s Climate Promise is offering five service lines for NDC enhancement including: (i) building political will and societal ownership at national and sub-national levels; (ii) reviewing, aligning, and updating existing targets, policies and measures; (iii) incorporating new sectors and/or greenhouse gases; (iv) assessing costs and investment opportunities; and (v) monitoring progress and strengthening transparency.

Programme

      Moderator: Biljana Vraneš, Meteorologist and Journalist

10:30

Opening remarks and High-level panel (60 min)

  • Ms. Francoise Jacob, UN Resident Coordinator
  • Ms. Irena Vujović, Minister of Environmental Protection
  • High level panel (35 min):
    • H.E. Ms. Sian Macleod, Ambassador, British Embassy to Serbia
    • H.E. Mr. Carlo Lo Cascio, Ambassador, Italian Embassy to Serbia
    • Mr. Nicola Bertolini, Head of Cooperation in the EU Delegation
    • Ms. Francine Pickup, UNDP Resident Representative

11:20 – 11:30

Media Statements

Session I: The roadmap to decarbonization: Glasgow and beyond

11:30

Serbia’s Climate Ambition panel (50 min)

  • Sandra Dokić, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Environmental Protection
  • Natalija Luković, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Mining and Energy
  • Vladimir Đurđević, Institute for Meteorology, University of Belgrade
  • Maria Wowro, UNOPS Senior Project Manager
  • Aleksandar Jovović, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade
  • Zvezdana Vuletić, Secretary of international student network OIKOS

12:15

Questions from the audience

12:25

5-minutes virtual coffee break

12:30

Initiating the Just Transition – leaving no one behind panel (45 min)

  • Dragana Radulović, Ministry of Environmental Protection
  • Gonçalo Cavalheiro
  • Antoine Avignon, Delegation of the European Union to Serbia
  • Žarko Petrović, Programme Specialist, UNDP Serbia
  • Ana Prodanović, UNICEF Serbia

13:15

Climate Financing & Monitoring, Reporting and Verification system panel (45 min)

  • Ana Repac, Ministry of Environmental Protection
  • Gamze Çelikyılmaz, FAO Senior Climate Change Policy Expert
  • Miloš Marković
  • Milan Lakićević, UNDP Serbia
  • Matija Vajdić, UNECE consultant

13:45

Questions from the audience

13:55

5-minutes virtual coffee break

Session II: Green Agenda for Green Businesses

14:00

Opening session

Moderator: Mr. Milan Lakićević, UNDP Serbia

  • Ida Reuterswärd, First Secretary, Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade
  • Paul Hickey, Sector Economist, European Investment Bank
  • Mihailo Vesović, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia
  • Danko Kalkan, ProCredit Bank (tbc)

14:45

Innovative business solutions in practice – success stories

  • Slobodan Jerotić, Director, PUC Toplana, Šabac
  • Jovanka Dakić, JKP Higijena Pančevo
  • Aleksandar Rodić, Institute Mihajlo Pupin
  • Jan Mali, Director, EsoTron Ltd
  • Zoran Petrović, Sanicula Ltd.

15:10

Questions from the audience

15:30

Summary and closing

Serbia’s climate talks in pictures

Insights from 2021 Serbia’s climate talks