Climate has its natural variability over time, but the mankind has caused an unprecedented increase in global temperature in recent decades. Climate change is now one of the biggest threats to humanity. It is no longer avoidable, so we should respond to it appropriately and in a timely manner. Slovenia contributes to combating climate change at both national and international levels.
Slovenia welcomes the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015 as a comprehensive plan for the protection of our planet for future generations. Slovenia will strive to implement the agreement both by developing its own policies and by engaging in this regard in the international community.
The Prime Minister of Slovenia dr. Miro Cerar signed the Paris Agreement at the High-Level signature ceremony convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon in New York on 22 April 2016.
Signed Paris Agreement heads us on a new path of global action on climate change, it is critical that the ambitious goals are carried further. Our common concern has to be directed in implementation of concrete commitments. Operationalization will also contribute to the broader Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
We should be guided by our common values and goals while addressing climate change and mutually recognize potentials for joint actions. Dialogues, common activities and opportunities as part of intensive and coherent preparations are truly important in order to align for our responsible, climate resilient and secure future.
Slovenia is preparing its National Development Strategy 2030, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year. The strategy is guided by the Slovenia’s Vision 2050. The drafting processes of both documents focus on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which was adopted in September 2015.
By developing long-term strategic guidelines, Slovenia is establishing an integrated policy framework for sustainable development. Currently, we are in the process of translating our long-term vision into an actionable strategy. Slovenia is also setting up a measurement framework with concrete goals, targets and outcome indicators. This will allow us to track the progress effectively and to benchmark Slovenia against other countries.
Slovenia is a member of the informal Group of Friends for sustainable cities, which is co-chaired by Sweden and Singapore. The Group is leading a dialogue on the critical role of cities and importance of urban development for achieving sustainable development.
Slovenia is preparing a revision of its Resolution on International Development Cooperation and the revision of the Act on International Development Cooperation. Both documents will lay the foundations for Slovenia's policies in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian assistance. These two documents will set out the strategic direction of our assistance, including geographic and thematic priorities until 2030. Furthermore, they will set forth a new modus-operandi for long-term planning, financing and implementation of Slovenia's international development cooperation.
Official Development Assistance (ODA) will remain an important element of development funding. Considering our public finance capabilities, we will do our best to increase the volume of ODA and improve its quality.
Slovenia is a member of the informal Group of Friends of Lest Developed Countries, which is co-chaired by Belgium and Turkey.
During the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the UN, H.E. Mr Andrej Logar chaired the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly. Second Committee deals with macroeconomic policy questions, financing for development, information and communication technologies for development, sustainable development, globalization and interdependence, groups of countries in special situations, eradication of poverty, operational activities for development, agriculture development, food security and nutrition.