Joint statement following the visit of the COP26 President-elect to Turkey


After an open and constructive exchange of views on climate change, including adaptation, mitigation, climate finance and negotiation issues at COP26, COP26 President-elect Alok Sharma and Turkey’s Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum issued the following statement:

We decided today to work closely together to support an ambitious, inclusive negotiation outcome at COP26 that will lead to climate action to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees and adapt to worsening climate impacts for a low-carbon and resilient future .

We reaffirmed our shared commitment to accelerate the fight against climate change ahead of COP26 in Glasgow and recalled our commitments in this regard under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Both sides agreed that it is vital for the world to limit the average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century in order to avoid the worst effects of climate change. To achieve this, the COP President-elect stressed the importance of all countries committing to net zero emissions by the middle of the century and adjusting the targets for 2030 accordingly.

The UK and Turkey underline the need for joint leadership in support of the global response to climate change and recognize the action the two countries are already taking and that increased action is needed to ensure a 1.5 degree range . We discussed UK support for the energy transition in Turkey, including through the continued development of the renewable energy sector and the UK’s Climate Finance Accelerator technical assistance program. We reaffirmed our mutual recognition of the tremendous economic opportunities that the green transition offers in all sectors of the economy, driving green growth and jobs now and in the future.

We recognize that Turkey, located in the Mediterranean, one of the regions hardest hit by the effects of climate change, has done important work in climate-related activities. It is clear that Turkey has significant potential for both containment and adaptation measures. In this context, Turkey is making efforts to mitigate climate change, such as investing in renewable energy, energy efficiency in buildings, zero waste, micromobility, offshore energy and efforts to adapt to climate change such as afforestation, basin-based water management, sustainable and smart agriculture and creating regional ones and local action plans on climate change. Given the ongoing studies, Turkey is showing signs that it will contribute more to the fight against global climate change with the international financial support it has provided. In order to improve the national administrative, legal, human and scientific infrastructure, Turkey continues its efforts to draft a national climate law, create a platform on climate change, set up a research center on climate change and update its climate change strategy and action plans for the 2030 and 2050 goals. We recognized Turkey’s readiness to fight climate change and Turkey’s awareness of climate change, which is over 88% of its population.

We also applaud Turkey’s Climate Change Roadmap, which aims to increase the recycling rate of waste to 60% by 2035, increasing the reuse rate of purified wastewater to 15% by 2030, and increasing the fossil fuels used in buildings by 25% reduce 2023.


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