Abu Dhabi: «The Gulf»
The UAE expressed its strong support for progress in linking the issue of climate change to economic growth, during its participation in the preparatory meetings for the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in Milan, in the run-up to the crucial climate negotiations that will begin in the United Kingdom. Specifically in Glasgow next November.
Shamma bint Suhail bin Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, headed the country’s delegation to the preparatory meetings for the COP in Milan and the Youth4Cliamte meetings before the COP26 Climate Change Summit in November in the United Kingdom.
The country’s delegation includes experts from the Office of the UAE’s Special Envoy for Climate Change and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
During the Youth4Climate Conference and Meetings, Shamma Al Mazrouei delivered a speech by the state, in which she highlighted the importance of youth perspectives and called for the importance of involving young people in working on the climate change file and finding practical solutions.
The youth delegates of the participating countries introduced the country’s approach to climate action as a means of economic and social development, through the launch of the youth strategy for climate change, which aims to spread awareness among the youth in the country, and find a clear methodology to be applied in this regard to serve the country’s strategic goals on climate change.
She said: “Young people are the main stakeholders in our discussions, as the effects of climate change intensify over time, it is the youth of today who will face the worst effects of negative environmental practices and we need to raise our global ambition on climate change. We have a clear mandate to not only preserve this planet for future generations, but also to make sure that we create opportunities and economic methodologies for the prosperity of future generations.”
During the meeting, the UAE confirmed its offer to host the COP28 climate change meetings in 2023, stressing its commitment to a multilateral consultative process aimed at accelerating consensus among countries.
The country had previously announced in May 2021 its efforts to host the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Abu Dhabi in 2023. This step received a broad positive response.
On this occasion, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Special Envoy of the UAE for Climate Change, said: “Through the vision of the wise leadership and the legacy of the founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, the UAE has a rich legacy of supporting work. Climate change with a focus on achieving actual results, whether in the field of policies, cooperation, building partnerships or implementing successful projects.
He added that the UAE was the first country in the region to sign and ratify the Paris Agreement, and to apply carbon capture, use and storage technology on an industrial scale, and the first to launch work in the renewable energy sector in the region. Today, the UAE is home to three of the largest and least expensive solar power plants in the world, and has investments in renewable energy projects in 70 countries across five continents. In line with these efforts, the UAE submitted a bid to host the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), affirming its commitment to work to support climate action and link it to economic growth.
The Preparatory Meeting for the COP in Milan aims to foster consensus and build momentum on the critical topics to be addressed during COP26 in Glasgow.
Shamma Al Mazrouei participated in the discussion aimed at identifying critical priorities and common points regarding the main themes to be negotiated during COP26 in Glasgow.
She referred to the Agricultural Innovation Initiative of the Climate Initiative, which was announced at the Leaders Summit on Climate in Washington last April, AIM for Climate, of which the UAE is one of its founding members.
On the sidelines of the preparatory conference for the COP26 Conference of States Parties, Al Mazrouei held several bilateral meetings with delegations of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Mexico, Egypt and the Marshall Islands, highlighting the UAE’s keenness on international partnerships and benefiting from countries’ experiences in the climate change file.
Maryam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Muhairi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said: “The UAE is working hard to embody the commitments of the Paris Agreement at the local level, as we witness first-hand the increasing dangers that climate change poses to our livelihoods and resources, and the importance of focusing on the enormous economic and social opportunities that work enhances. on the ambitious climate change file for the development of our country.”
The UAE has built a strong foundation for energy and economic diversification, and the government has repeatedly beaten the world record for the lowest cost of solar power generation.
Abu Dhabi: «The Gulf»