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Prime Minister Janez Janša concludes his visit to the climate summit in Glasgow

  • Former Prime Minister Janez Janša (2020 - 2022)

Heads of state and government, including Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša, will today conclude their two-day climate summit in Glasgow. The next two weeks of the conference will focus in particular on the climate negotiators who have to finalise the rulebook for implementing the Paris Agreement.

Today, Prime Minister Janša also met with several heads of state and government to exchange views on current challenges and to discuss the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The Prime Minister met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Prime Minister of Cape Verde Ulisses Correia e Silva, and Prime Minister of Norway Jonas Gahr Støre. He also met with COP26 President Alok Sharma and with Head of the EU Delegation to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland João Vale de Almeida.

In the margins of today's events and meetings, the Prime Minister also visited the Slovenian pavilion and spoke with the Slovenian negotiating team. He took to Twitter to thank the entire Slovenian negotiating team and its leader, Tina Kobilšek, for their dedicated work and tireless coordination in an extremely difficult area at a time of great challenges and even greater expectations.

Prime Minister Janša today attended the launch of an initiative proposed by US President Joe Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to reduce methane emissions by 30% by 2030. The pledge to reduce emissions of the extremely potent greenhouse gas is one of the key commitments at COP26, although it is not part of the formal negotiations at the United Nations. Achieving these targets will contribute significantly to slowing global warming. More than 100 countries representing 70% of the global economy have endorsed this initiative. Among its supporters is also Slovenia.

At the end of his two-day visit, Prime Minister Janša said that a lot of coordinating between the EU and its partners around the world had taken place in the margins of the climate conference, and that a number of outstanding issues had been addressed. There had also been many opportunities for bilateral talks regarding Slovenia's cooperation with countries from other continents. "It's nice to have friends everywhere," tweeted Prime Minister Janša.