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23. November 15
Conference “Bosnia and Herzegovina - Road to COP21”

Today, 23 November 2015, Embassy of France in BiH in cooperation with the Embassy of the United States of America in BiH, the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the United Nations in BiH is organizing a conference “BiH Road to COP21” at the UN House, Sarajevo.

Impacts of climate change on Bosnia and Herzegovina, country's contribution to decrease carbon emissions, as well as economic and livelihood challenges and opportunities will be presented and discussed at today’s conference by climate and environmental experts, representatives of ministries, environmental funds, international and national organizations, universities and civil society organizations.

Welcoming remarks and introduction will be delivered by:

H.E. Ms Claire Bodonyi, Ambassador of France in BiH,
H.E. Ms Maureen Cormack, Ambassador of the United States of America in BiH,
Mr. Mirko Šarović, Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH, and
Ms. Srebrenka Golić, Minister of Spatial Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology of RS.

Dr. Laurent Mesbah, professor at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, will moderate the Panel discussion on topic “Economic and Livelihood Opportunities arising from Climate Changes”.

The goal of the Paris Climate Conference COP21 that will be held from 30 November to 11 December 2015, is to adopt the global agreement, which will set the framework for the transition towards the societies and economies with low emission of carbon dioxide, who are willing to confront the climate changes. The future international agreement relates primarily to ensure equal reduction – the efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – and the adaptation of societies to the forthcoming climate changes.

B&H ROAD TO COP21
November 23, 2015

UN House, Sarajevo
Time
Session
Welcoming remarks and introduction of speakers
14:10 – 14:15
Address by H.E., Ms.Claire Bodonyi, Ambassador of France to Bosnia and Herzegovina
14:15 – 14:20
Address by H.E., Ms.Maureen, Ambassador of USA to Bosnia and Herzegovina
14:20 – 14:25
Address by Mr. Mirko Šarović, Minister of foreign trade and economic relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina
14:25- 14:30
Address by Ms.Srebrenka Golic, RS Minister of Spatial Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology

Moderator and host: Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Presentations
14:30 – 14:40
Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) of BiH, presentation by Mr. Senad Oprašić, Head of the Energy and Environment Department, MoFTER
14:40-14:50
Climate change impacts on Bosnia and Herzegovina, presentation by Mr. Goran Trbić, Professor at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Banja Luka
14:50-15:00
Emission Gap report, presentation by Mr. Pier Carlo Sandei, UNEP
15:00-16:00
Panel discussion on topic “Economic and Livelihood Opportunities arising from Climate Changes”

Panel participants:
  1. Safet Harbinja, Director of FBiH Fund for Environmental Protection
  2. Srđan Todorović, Director of RS Fund for Environmental Protection and EE
  3. Sanjin Avdić, Energy and Environment Sector, UNDP BiH
  4. Tim Clancy, Expert on sustainable development - eco-tourism and the environment
  5. Sanela Klarić, professor at International Burch University
  6. Kasim Tatić, professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Sarajevo
Presentation and panel moderator:
  1. Laurent Mesbah, professor at American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina
16:00 -16:15
Final conclusions
16:15-17:00
Refreshments