“H Hellas has set the threefold climate-peace and security, as the priority of her candidacy, as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2025-2026″ emphasized the Minister of Foreign Affairs George Gerapetritisin his intervention at the 3rd European Union-Indo-Pacific Ministerial Forum, underlining that he looks forward to cooperation with the countries in question in the United Nations Organization.

As noted by Mr. Gerapetritis, the forum “is an opportunity to address a number of key climate and environmental challenges. These include the green transition, mitigation and adaptation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, green shipping and sustainable tourism.”

“Protecting the oceans is vital. Greece will host the 9th “Our Ocean” Conference in Athens, on April 16-17. In this context, we seek to deepen the cooperation with the countries of the Indo-Pacific, regarding the commitments for the protection of the oceans. The Conference will also focus on sustainable tourism, green shipping, reducing marine plastic pollution and the green transition in the Mediterranean,” he said.

Also, the Foreign Minister pointed out that “Greece has formed a Road Map with specific measurable targets for the country’s transition to climate neutrality by 2050. In this context, renewable energy sources generate more than half of the electricity generated in the country, through wind and sun.’

At the same time, Giorgos Gerapetritis referred to Greece’s initiative “GR-eco Islands”.

As he said, “this initiative aims to transform the Greek islands into models of energy autonomy, a circular economy for water and waste, and ecological mobility. We look forward to sharing this experience with the Indo-Pacific countries.”

He added that the combating marine pollution it is also a high priority for Greece.

“We are committed to halve marine plastic waste and also to reduce the release of microplastics into the environment by 30% by 2030,” Mr. Gerapetritis emphasized.

“We firmly believe that enhanced multilateral cooperation is the only way to address global challenges and increase the resilience of our natural and socio-economic systems,” the foreign minister concluded.