Saudi Arabia’s cross-border “climate diplomacy”

Saudi Arabia was not satisfied with signing framework agreements, but rather strengthened its presence through two tracks: the first is to find solutions based on nature (afforestation and increase the development of vegetation cover), and the second is its global supremacy not only towards the use of clean energy, but also its adoption of the circular carbon economy initiative in the most important global forums. ..

Today, Monday, Riyadh will host the “Green Middle East Initiative” summit, amid great challenges that the region and the world are witnessing together. Because of the challenges of “climate change” and increasing global warming, on the planet.

The Green Middle East Initiative Summit brings together prominent leaders from the region and the world; With the aim of strengthening cooperation and unifying efforts towards implementing joint environmental commitments, Saudi Arabia’s organization of the summit is nothing but an affirmation of its national environmental security policy contained in the “Green Saudi Arabia” initiative, which is what really pushes it to integrate with neighboring countries to face the challenges of climate change outside its borders as well.

There is a point that must be clarified before going into the details of the Saudi anticipation to organize the Riyadh Summit, which comes five days before the convening of the twenty-sixth United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021, in Glasgow, during the period from October 31 to November 12, 2021, chaired by the United Kingdom, and will include the concerned parties to the agreement. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Sixteenth Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Convention (CMP16), and Third Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA3).

Since the launch of its vision in April 2016, the Saudi leadership has realized the importance of environmental sustainability and ways to strengthen the means of resistance to combat “climate change”, which has become of concern to the entities of the whole world without exception, and as a pivotal country regionally and internationally, it has set practical strategic goals for the summit that will have vital direct dimensions on environmental sustainability. Regional, including: forming the first alliance of its kind in the region to combat climate change in the Middle East, providing a platform that combines knowledge and capital to face common challenges, and laying the foundations for “climate diplomacy” to strengthen the political will necessary to bring about fundamental change.

Everyone in the Middle East and North Africa agrees on the need to reverse climate change, especially that the repercussions of rising temperatures are already affecting the quality of life and opportunities in the region, and that by uniting efforts and joint action, the countries of the region, led by Saudi Arabia, will be able to expand the scope of their climate commitments and move forward in Achieving its clear climate goals to protect the planet and ensure a bright future for future generations.

Some may wonder, internally or externally, why Saudi Arabia is playing these environmental roles outside its borders in the first place? Although I answered this question in more than one article during the past two months, it is legitimate to raise it and there is no harm in that. As for the answer to it, its political leadership realizes that building a better future requires a strong commitment to protecting the planet. Green Middle East” plays a leading role in leading efforts to combat climate change, finding innovative solutions from nature, and reliable, sustainable and efficient partnerships that conserve the use of resources and protect the pathways of “marine, land and air” environments.

The “Green Middle East Initiative” summit represents a historic event par excellence, by engaging Saudi Arabia with various stakeholders to achieve common goals in combating climate change, providing opportunities for collective action and increasing its impact, including planting 50 billion trees (representing 5% of the global target and achieving a reduction 2.5% of global carbon rates), in addition to identifying means to reduce carbon emissions from oil production in the region by more than 60%.

Saudi Arabia’s organization of the summit is a direct message that it is not only an “oil country” but an energy-producing country that is leading the way towards a new future for clean, renewable energy, which preserves the future of its economy and protects the planet at the same pace, considering that they are one bloc, which is evident in the projects It was launched in the last period in terms of investing in solar and wind energy production projects and the production of green hydrogen that are environmentally friendly. In short, this is Saudi Arabia with its green cross-border movement, and its consolidation of a new concept based on “climate diplomacy.”

Saudi Arabia was not satisfied with signing the framework agreements, but rather strengthened its presence through two tracks, the first is to find solutions based on nature (afforestation and increase the development of vegetation cover), and the second is its global supremacy not only towards the use of clean energy, but also its adoption of the circular carbon economy initiative in the most important global forums. , to reach carbon neutrality in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, and “SABIC” is one of the first global chemical companies to implement this economic concept by investing in the establishment of the largest plant in the world to reuse carbon in the manufacture of high-value products in the industrial city of Jubail. .

Quoted from “Riyadh”

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