The nation was the first in the Middle East to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement and pledge to cut carbon emissions
As the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) kicks off in Egypt, the UAE will highlight its commitment to a low-carbon pathway and offer practical solutions to the climate crisis.
The President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will attend the 27th session of the annual summit in Sharm el-Sheikh. The UAE participates with a wide range of delegates, representing over 70 public and private entities, policy makers, negotiators, business leaders, a number of women and young entrepreneurs as well as civil society organizations .
Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change, said: “As directed by the leadership of the UAE, the national delegation to COP27 aims to provide practical solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts, accelerate low-carbon economic growth, and create opportunities for sustainable economic and social development in all nations, including countries in the Global South and developing countries. development.
Our aim is to highlight the decades of experience of the United Arab Emirates in climate diplomacy and in creating practical climate solutions that meet the aspirations of developing and vulnerable countries.
The United Arab Emirates was the first country in the Middle East to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement and commit to reducing its carbon emissions. During the summit, the UAE will reiterate its commitment to a low-carbon pathway – a pathway that creates opportunities for sustainable socio-economic development in all countries, including developing countries, which are most vulnerable to the climate.
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“The UAE wants to strengthen its efforts to reduce emissions, meet the Paris Agreement goals and adopt a sustainable economic path aligned with Net Zero by 2050,” Al Jaber added.
“It aims to accelerate progress on all fronts: mitigation, adaptation, finance and loss and damage, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable countries. We will work with the international community to push for a realistic energy transition that leaves no one behind, as well as for immediate support for those who are already suffering the worst effects of climate change.
The UAE delegation will focus on strengthening the UAE’s close partnership with Egypt, supporting the Egyptian Presidency of COP27 in its efforts to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and the transition of outcomes from COP27 to COP28, the Emirates Climate Conference in 2023.
The delegation accompanying Sheikh Mohamed also includes: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court; Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Ministry of the Presidential Court; Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary General of the Supreme National Security Council; Dr Al Jaber and Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment.
Dr Al Jaber, who is also chairman of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), a global leader in renewable energy, said the UAE believes climate action will unlock economic growth and opportunity for generations. future. He said the UAE takes very seriously its responsibility to advance the UN climate process as the host of COP28.
“COP28 will be a landmark COP, intended to provide the first-ever comprehensive assessment of global efforts to combat climate change through the Global Stocktake. This is a key opportunity to raise global ambition.
For COP28 to be a success, it must be truly inclusive. The UAE will ensure that we include everyone in the dialogue – from business and industry to academia, youth and civil society,” Al Jaber added.