Serbia’s Climate Talks

Partnerships for climate resilience


Date: Friday, 24th November 2023

Time: 09:00 a.m. – 15:45 p.m.

Venue: Sava Center, Immersive hall, main entrance from Milentija Popovića 9, New Belgrade

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.



08:30 – 09:00

Arrival of participants and welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:45

Welcome and opening session

Welcoming remarks:

  • Ms. Sandra Dokić, State Secretary, Ministry of Environmental Protection
  • Mr. Bojan Vranjković, State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management
  • Ms. Francoise Jacob, UN Resident Coordinator

Opening statements:

  • H.E. Emanuele Giaufret, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of European Union to the Republic of Serbia
  • Mr. Yakup Beris, Resident Representative in UNDP Serbia
  • Mr. Ibrahim Al Darmaki, Charge d’Affaires of the United Arab Emirates in the Republic of Serbia

Moderator: Ms. Biljana Vranješ, journalist and meteorologist

09:45 – 10:15


Session I: Increasing Serbia’s Climate Ambition decarbonization of the economy and climate change resilience

10:15 – 11:15

Climate change resilience:

  • Climate Change Adaptation Programme
  • New Climate Reality for Serbia & Digital Climate Atlas
  • Strategy and measures to avoid disasters & Disaster Risk Registry
  • Rainy days & heatwaves – preventing negative impacts on the availability of food and water
  • Climate change and health implications – resilient society

Climate-proofing principles in decision-making

  • Ms. Sandra Dokić, Ministry of Environmental Protection
  • Mr. Vladimir Đurđević, Institute for Meteorology, University of Belgrade (testing the DCA)
  • Mr. Živko Babović, Ministry of the Interior
  • Ms. Vedrana Ilić, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water management
  • Mr. Fabio Scano, World Health Organization
  • Ms. Aleksandra Šiljić Tomić, UNEP in collaboration with Institute of Meteorology and Climatology of the University of Vienna (BOKU-Met)
  • Ms. Dragana Ranđelović, Association of young researchers Bor

Moderator: Mr. Miroslav Tadić, UNDP Serbia

11:15 – 11:30

Questions from the audience

11:30 – 11:45

Coffee break

11:45 – 12:45

Co-benefits of climate mitigation and adaptation measures:

  • Low Carbon – competitive economy
  • Future energy
  • New EU Climate Rules
  • Measures with climate-related co-benefits
  • Empower Youth for Climate action
  • Ms. Dragana Radulović, Ministry of Environmental Protection
  • Ms. Jovana Joksimović, Ministry of Mining and Energy
  • Mr. Antoine Avignon, Delegation of European Union to the Republic of Serbia
  • Mr. Nenad Petrović, FAO
  • Ms. Lidija Kesar, UNICEF
  • Mr. Vukašin Vojinović, Chamber of Commerce

Moderator: Mr. Žarko Petrović, UNDP Serbia

12:45 – 13:00

Questions from the audience

13:00 – 14:00

Group photo, followed by lunch

Session II: Climate Financing

14:00 – 15:15

Financing for green and low carbon future

  • Mr. Paul Collins, Embassy of Sweden
  • Mr. Richard Kohli, Embassy of Switzerland
  • Mr. Alessandro Bragonzi, EIB
  • Mr. Aleksandar Aleksić, KfW
  • Ms. Jelena Ivanović, Development Fund of Serbia
  • Mr. Arnaud Dauphin, AFD
  • Mr. Radovan Nikčević, UNDP Serbia
  • Ms. Olja Janković Leković, UN Women

Moderator: Mr. Milan Lakićević, UNDP Serbia

15:15 – 15:30

Questions from the audience

15:30 – 15:45

Summary and closing: Ministry of Environmental Protection and UNDP Serbia

PHOTO EXHIBITION of local green and low carbon business solutions implemented in practice – to be held back-to-back with the conference