Emirates News Agency – UAE commits to strengthening collaboration among MENA countries to boost climate ambitions: Minister of Climate Change

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DUBAI, 9th October, 2023 (WAM) — Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, affirmed that the UAE is committed to strengthening collaboration between countries in the Middle East and South Africa. North (MENA) to strengthen their climate ambitions. to reduce carbon emissions, boost their adaptation to the climate and reallocate climate finance and investments to support this objective and promote sustainable development.

She made this statement during her participation, as part of a delegation from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, in the Middle East and North Africa Climate Week (MENACW 2023), which took place held from October 8 to 12 in Riyadh.

The event is hosted by the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Earlier this week, Almheiri participated in a high-level GCC ministerial meeting, attended by HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, Minister of Energy of Saudi Arabia; Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technologies and President-designate of COP28; Jassem Al Budaiwi, Secretary General of the GCC; Salim Al Aufi, Minister of Energy and Minerals of Oman; Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs and President-designate of COP27.

During his speech, Almheiri said MENA Climate Week comes at a critical time, with only 53 days until the start of COP28 in the UAE, and aims to share visions and solutions that unlock the way for further deliberations during the conference, which will feature the first global stocktaking.

“MENA countries share many of the dangers associated with the fallout from climate change, requiring that more effective solutions be quickly found to strengthen their capacity to cope with and adapt to these changes. The UAE’s view is that we must act quickly to drive a just and equitable energy transition for countries in the region by replacing traditional energy systems with clean and renewable alternatives, while ensuring energy security at the same time. future,” she explained.

Almheiri added: “Through the COP28 Food Systems and Agriculture Agenda, we see these systems as a safe haven for many countries in our region and around the world, as they are among the most vital food solutions resilience and climate adaptation, which also contribute to reducing global risks. CO2 emissions. We accelerated our efforts in this area by launching the Emirates Declaration on Resilient Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Action last July. And last month, we submitted a first draft of the declaration to agriculture ministers around the world to hear their feedback, with the finalized declaration to be submitted to world leaders for signature.

The UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment called on all GCC Agriculture Ministers to support the Emirates Declaration on Resilient Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Action by ratifying it, and invited them to join the “Agricultural Innovation for Climate” initiative, launched in collaboration with the United States and the “Mangrove Alliance for Climate”, launched in collaboration with Indonesia, to develop solutions to combat against climate change and stimulate climate adaptation.

Almheiri also participated in a ministerial panel titled “Towards a global adaptation goal that adapts to a 1.5 degree world”, attended by Dr Rola Dashti, Deputy Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and social for the West. Asia (ESCWA); Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Climate Envoy; Yasmine Fouad, Egyptian Minister of the Environment; Aminath Shauna, Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology of the Maldives; and Leila Chikhaoui, Minister of the Environment of Tunisia.

During the panel, she explained that the consequences of climate change are unjust and unjust, disproportionately affecting some communities more than others. This only highlights the need to be inclusive in our collective response to the climate crisis. She noted that the UAE was determined to ensure that no one is left behind and that every voice is heard.

“During COP28, we plan to use this platform to spark new discussions on international cooperation, capacity building and additional measures needed to support developing countries and the most vulnerable among us,” continued Ms. .Almheiri.

She said technology and finance are the cornerstone to achieving this goal by sharing technology solutions and ensuring their large-scale deployment, while creating flexible and streamlined financial systems that developing countries have easy access to.

Almheiri affirmed that supporting countries most affected by climate change is essential to strengthen their collective adaptation capacities, taking into account each country’s situation. She also called on all involved to engage in dialogue and genuine cooperation to ensure that climate action and environmental conservation goals are achieved.

MENA Climate Week also saw Dr Nawal Al Hosany, Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Green Development and Climate Change Sector at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, participate in a panel hosted by Tadweer (Abu Dhabi Waste Management Company) on regional climate efforts. decrabonization of the waste management industry.

Al Hosany highlighted “Waste to Zero”, a global initiative launched by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment in partnership with Tadweer, to mobilize and advance waste decarbonization efforts and establish a circular economy platform.

She highlighted the importance of decarbonizing this sector, responsible for around 3 to 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, adding that this initiative will help limit pollution, as around 50% of solid waste in the world is disposed of illegally or in a way that wastes its recyclability value.

“The main objective of the Waste to Zero initiative is to bring together strategic partners, waste management companies, waste producers, non-governmental organizations and academics to activate feasible solutions to decarbonize the value chain of waste management. This is in line with our drive to reduce emissions across the sector, in line with the Paris Agreement and efforts to establish a circular economy,” she explained.

Tomorrow, Mohammad Saeed Al Nuaimi, Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, is expected to participate in the Arab League ministerial meeting, where he will present the main climate challenges facing the region and the role of COP28 in the search for practical solutions to these challenges. by ensuring an organized, fair and responsible energy transition.

Al Nuaimi will also highlight the importance of reaching an agreement at COP28 on the adoption of a comprehensive and fair framework to achieve the global adaptation goal and strengthen the capacity of communities to combat climate change and limit its impact.

Middle East and North Africa Climate Week (MENACW 2023) is one of four regional climate weeks organized this year by the UNFCCC in collaboration with global partners from the United Nations Development Program, the of the United Nations Environment and the World Bank Group.

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