Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras joined 150 world leaders at the inaugural session yesterday (30.11) of the Paris COP 21 United Nations Conference on Climate Change.

Addressing participants, Tsipras said the summit, as an obligation toward future generations, should mark a historic breakthrough for a “global shift to a climate-friendly, sustainable society” and attacked neoliberal capitalist globalization for dismantling social cohesion. “The process of ecological transformation in societies is directly linked with social change in the perspective of a global community without inequalities” he added.

“Greece, which at the moment is experiencing an unprecedented refugee crisis and human despair, gives political priority to the need to prevent climate change displacement risk” the PM stressed, noting that the country uses 20% of the EU structural funds in ways that help to tackle climate change.