His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, affirmed that the UAE is ready to host the largest international conference and gathering to find solutions to climate challenges. COP28 Conference in 2023”, noting that the UAE has submitted a request to host the conference.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in a tweet on Twitter, said: “The UAE has submitted a request to host the COP28 conference in 2023… the largest global conference of heads of state and government on climate and environmental issues. Many countries have supported our request, and we are looking forward to announcing the selection of the host country within the next two days. The UAE will be ready for the global event if it wins the hosting.”
While His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said in a tweet on Twitter: “During the next two days, the host country for the COP28 climate conference will be chosen in 2023. The UAE is a country of opportunities, cooperation and positive action, and we are ready to host the largest international conference and gathering to find solutions. climate challenges facing the planet.
In addition, the Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, the UAE’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, extended an open invitation from the UAE to the world to cooperate with the aim of finding sustainable solutions to reduce the repercussions of climate change and achieve sustainable economic and social growth.
This came in the UAE’s speech delivered by Al-Jaber before the twenty-sixth session of the Conference of Parties (COP26) currently being held in Glasgow. As evidenced by hosting the Expo 2020 in Dubai, minds connect to create the future.
He expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Asia-Pacific Group, which supported the UAE’s request to host the twenty-eighth session of the Conference of the Parties COP28 in 2023, and said: “We are proud to have received the support of the Asia-Pacific Group, for our request to host COP28 in 2023, and I would like here to I thank all the partners and friends who have supported our request.. During our meetings and discussions in the coming days, we look forward to receiving your support and confirmation of this hosting by the General Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and we are ready to welcome you in 2023 to work together to find practical solutions, and achieve Substantial progress in climate action.
Al-Jaber reviewed the country’s experience in the field of climate action and its capabilities and capabilities to host the largest and most important global event on climate change. He explained that sustainable development is an integral part of the UAE’s approach, and said: “The founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul), established the principles of sustainability in all sectors, and these principles were a fundamental enabler of the UAE’s efforts in the areas of environmental protection and diversification. energy sources, and setting policies aimed at reducing the repercussions of climate change,” he explained, explaining that these cross-border repercussions affect all countries, whether small or large, developed or developing, rich or poor.
He stressed that the vision of the leadership in the UAE on climate action is that it represents an opportunity for sustainable economic and social growth.
He addressed the efforts of the UAE in the field of limiting the repercussions of climate change, stressing the need to adopt a comprehensive approach to climate action and to take into account the different needs of all countries, and not to impose a single model on everyone.
Al Jaber pointed out that the UAE has entered the era of transformation in the energy sector, and said in this regard: “We view this transformation as an opportunity to focus on new paths towards the future, and we see that investing in low-carbon solutions achieves economic prosperity. The UAE announced last October that A strategic initiative in pursuit of climate neutrality by 2050. This initiative is in line with the vision of the leadership in the UAE, and keeps pace with the aspirations and principles of the country for the next fifty years. This initiative offers an open invitation from the UAE to the world, for partnership and cooperation to find sustainable solutions, while creating incentives for economic growth. .
He explained that the UAE pledged upon its election to the Security Council for the period 2022-2023 that climate action would be a major priority for it. He stressed that the fulfillment of developed countries’ pledge to provide $100 billion to support climate action in developing countries will have a major role in limiting and adapting to the effects of climate change, in addition to the need to create an investment system to support sustainable growth.
During the COP26 Conference, the UAE and the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) announced the launch of the Renewable Energy Accelerator Platform, a new global financing aimed at accelerating the transition to renewable energy in developing countries.
The UAE pledged to provide $400 million through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development to support the platform in raising at least $1 billion in funding in total.
The conference witnessed the official announcement of the launch of the “Agri-Climate Innovation” initiative, a major global initiative led by the UAE and the United States, with the participation of 30 other countries.
The initiative, with initial commitments of $4 billion, aims to accelerate work on developing climate-smart food and agricultural systems over the next five years.
The UAE has pledged an additional $1 billion in investment as part of this initiative that focuses on accelerating innovation in agricultural and food systems that support climate action.
During the past five decades, the country has succeeded in reducing the volume of natural gas flaring in the domestic energy sector by more than 90%. In turn, the hydrocarbon sector in the UAE today has one of the lowest levels of methane emissions intensity in the world at just 0.01%.
The UAE will enhance its methane performance based on this very low baseline of methane intensity in the energy sector.
The UAE, represented by the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, also announced a roadmap to achieve leadership in the field of hydrogen, which is a comprehensive national plan aimed at supporting low-carbon local industries, contributing to achieving climate neutrality and strengthening the country’s position as a source of hydrogen.
The UAE has practical experience and an outstanding record in climate action, as the country has invested more than $17 billion in clean energy projects on six continents.
The UAE is focused on accelerating progress in developing clean technologies and solutions that are commercially viable.
The UAE currently owns three of the largest and most cost-efficient solar power plants in the world. It is also the first country in the region to implement carbon capture, use and storage technology, and the first country in the region to add nuclear energy to its electrical grid.
The UAE supports the “transition to sustainable food and agriculture” agenda
The Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Maryam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Muhairi, announced the UAE’s support for the action policy agenda for the transition to sustainable food and agriculture, which outlines the paths and actions that actors in the public and private sectors can take and employ to support agriculture, during a high-level event on “Accelerating the Transition towards Sustainable agriculture for people, climate and nature”, which was held as part of Nature Day activities at “COP28 in 2023”.
The agenda is a joint framework developed by the COP26 presidency, the World Bank, and the Just Rural Transition, a global initiative that brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to support and advance the principle of fair and equitable solutions to food system challenges.
Al Muhairi said that working alone is absolutely not enough to achieve our common goal of achieving sustainability, and to emphasize the value and effectiveness that international partnerships play in eradicating hunger globally, the UAE has supported and endorsed the action policy agenda to shift to sustainable food and agriculture, and we are confident in the agenda’s ability to Supporting a comprehensive shift needed by the international community towards sustainable agriculture through appropriate policies and investments.
The agenda emphasizes the importance of agriculture in producing food, providing livelihoods for billions of people worldwide, and contributing to economic development. At the same time, it draws attention to the fact that agriculture is the second largest contributor to global warming emissions after the energy sector, and the main cause of biodiversity loss. It undermines food systems and poses an important challenge to farmers, societies and economies globally.
International officials praise the efforts of the UAE
During the work of the new session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate “COP26”, international officials expressed their appreciation for the UAE’s efforts in the field of climate action over the past decades, praising its declaration of support and commitment to many of the commitments announced during the conference, including “Leaders Pledge towards Nature”, which commits the international community to take the necessary steps to achieve sustainable development and put nature and biodiversity on the path to recovery by 2030, and the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure’s announcement of the hydrogen leadership roadmap, a comprehensive national plan aimed at supporting low-income local industries carbon, and the announcement of increasing the goal of planting mangrove forests to 100 million trees by 2030, and many other initiatives that federal and local government agencies are working on in cooperation with the private sector.
Vice President of the State:
“We look forward to announcing the selection of the host country within the next two days… and the UAE is ready for the global event.”
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi:
“The UAE is a country of opportunities, cooperation and positive action… and we are ready to find solutions to climate challenges.”
$400 million UAE support for a platform to accelerate the transition to renewable energy.
$4 billion worth of commitments to the Agricultural Climate Innovation Initiative.
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