Turkish Minister: The climate crisis is global and no country can handle it


Turkey’s Minister of Environment and Urban Development Murat Kurum said on Thursday that the climate crisis is a global and international issue, and no country can tackle it alone.


This came in a statement made by Gurum after his participation in the Belgian capital, Brussels, in the high-level climate dialogue meeting between Turkey and the European Union.

He stressed that Turkey has made sincere efforts to reduce the consequences of climate change.

He explained that he discussed with European officials many issues, such as the Paris climate agreement, the net-zero emissions goal, and what should be done for a carbon-neutral world.

Korum said the European Union and Turkey would set up bodies to discuss all climate-related issues.

In turn, First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans said that the European Union and Turkey will cooperate closely to confront this existential issue (climate change).

He explained that the Turkish and European sides will carry out in the coming month’s activities to identify areas in which they can work closely on the climate and the problems that can find common solutions to them.


He announced that he will visit the Turkish capital, Ankara, early next year, to continue high-level talks with the Turkish side on climate change.

“We are facing a common threat that threatens all of humanity, and to counter it the European Union and Turkey need to work very closely together,” he said.