Turkey to conduct first ‘Climate Council’ in January: Minister

Within the scope of the decisions to be taken in the country's very first "Climate Council" slated for January, the government will draw its own roadmap to fight against the effects of climate change, Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change Minister Murat Kurum has said.

In his first meeting with the media after "climate change" was added to the name of his ministry, Kurum said, "First, we will form a consultation mechanism consisting of public and private sectors, universities, youth and environmental organizations. Later, we will hold the council with their participation.

"Within the scope of the decisions taken in the council, the country will build a roadmap," he added.

Noting that the country aims to be a leading country in the "green transformation," the minister said that "they are working on a large scale plan."

The Turkish parliament ratified the Paris Climate Agreement on late Oct. 6 and the deal came into force on Oct. 7 after it was published in the Official Gazette.

"We see the Paris climate deal as a milestone for us, targetting 'zero emission' by 2053," he told daily Milliyet.

Now the ministry has two targets in the near future: The first is to configure the "Climate Change and Coordination Board," and the second is to establish the "Presidency of Climate Change."

"Lawmakers of the parliament are working on a 'Climate Law.' I hope the law will be ratified until the end of this year," Kurum said.

"We will work [with support from the board and the presidency] on any law amendments needed over fighting against climate change," he added.

The minister expressed one more target of his ministry.

Apart from the carbon tax, which will be implemented by the European Union, the country...

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