Germany hosted a high-level ministerial conference on Green Central Asia Initiative aimed to support regional integration between Afghanistan and the five Central Asian countries on Tuesday.
High ranking officials from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan took part in the conference hosted by the German Foreign Minister, Heiko Mass.
Mirwais Nab, Deputy Foreign Minister, represented Afghanistan at the conference. Mr. Nab met with senior-level officials, including foreign minister from the Central Asian states of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.
Mr. Mass emphasized that Central Asian states and Afghanistan were affected by climate change. Therefore, preventive measures should be taken to avoid the negatives impacts of the climate changed before it is too late.
“Our response to climate change must be collective and integrated since the climate change issue itself is beyond the border and can eventually affect all of on a different level,” he said.
He further added, “I would be delighted to see the nations of Central Asia joining this group of nations on climate and security too. Your experience of the region would be precious, which can help us find solutions to the climate as well as security issues”, Maas said.
Green Central Asia initiative will play a key role in implementing the new European Union strategy on Central Asia adopted by the European Council in June 2019.
Meanwhile, the primary purpose of Green Central Asia is to create better access to information and risk analyses to enable countries to assess the impact of climate change more accurately and to take preventive measures.