Emirates News Agency – Ministers: The UAE’s victory to host the 2023 Climate Change Conference / COP28 / confirms its leading position in the world

ABU DHABI, November 12, 2020 (WAM) – A number of ministers praised the UAE for winning the right to host the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) in 2023, the world’s largest conference of leaders. of state and government on climate and environmental issues.

In their statements on this occasion, the ministers attributed the victory to the great position that the UAE occupies at all Arab, regional and international levels, thanks to the understanding vision of the wise leadership, which seeks fifty new ones filled with hope, work, progress, growth and prosperity with the help of the people of that generous country, an extension of the past five decades. all who live on the land of the Emirates, both citizens and residents.

For his part, His Excellency Abdul Rahman bin Muhammad Al Owais, Minister of Health and Community Protection, said there was a close link between health care and pollution, and stressed that the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. COP28 provides a forum to discuss all forms of pollution and its implications for health.

He noted that the UAE has always supported health initiatives in other countries, and said the existence of a relationship between climate change and health requires that we all come together to find practical solutions that stop carbon emissions, reduce air pollution and protect our oceans. .

His Excellency Suhail bin Muhammad Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, said that clean energy is the cornerstone of our strategy to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Our country has achieved outstanding achievements so far in this field, as we are proud. be the first country to produce carbon-free nuclear power and provide carbon capture technology, and operate the first solar-powered green hydrogen production facility.

He added, “We have also reached another important step, represented in the generation of energy from natural resources, whether solar energy, wind energy, green hydrogen or low-density hydrocarbon.” He expected the production capacity of clean energy in UAE to be reached. 12 gigawatts by 2050. Globally, our country has contributed nearly $ 17 billion to support renewable energy projects in 50 countries.By hosting the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, we will be able to build stronger partnerships and strengthen. existing cooperative relations at the local and international levels. ”

His Excellency Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, congratulated the wise leadership on winning the UAE’s hosting of the conference and said: “The Ministry of Education has always been keen on improving school education and including the issue of climate change and enabling the Education. Citizens of our country play leading roles in supporting international efforts to overcome climate challenges facing the world. ”

He added: “In this context, the Ministry has partnered with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to raise students ‘awareness of the field of renewable and sustainable energy, and enable them to contribute to achieving the United Nations’ sustainable goals. in terms of energy. This partnership maps us a roadmap for integrating sustainable development into the Emirates’ education system. ”

Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, stated that in the context of the constant search for innovation and launch of programs that raise social awareness of the dangers of inaction on climate action, the United Arab Emirates has developed a set of targeted policies that encourage and facilitate movement to take important and tangible steps in this regard. The context .. She said: “This includes the Innovation Exchange for Climate – CLICs initiative and the Youth for Sustainability initiative, which aims to encourage our youth to take an effective leadership role in supporting the world’s transformation to effective and practical sustainability, in addition to bringing together entrepreneurs and investors to work together to create sustainable climate solutions.

She noted that the UAE’s hosting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 28 would stimulate the passion of future generations and encourage them to move to build a better future and world.

His Excellency Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy, emphasized that the qualitative leaps the UAE has made in terms of economic growth and diversification over the last few decades have been the result of a consistent approach to mapping new horizons in the field of sustainable economic development. .

He said, “We will continue to work in the same vein with the international community to help build a sustainable future for people around the world. Accelerating climate action will be at the forefront of our economic development agenda in the coming years, which will open up new opportunities and move forward. change towards developing a more prosperous and sustainable business environment. ” Our effort to host COP28 is part of our commitment to build a better future for all and help stimulate international efforts to combat climate change. Hosting this important global event allows. the UAE to establish its role as a role model in the region and the world at large.

For his part, His Excellency Dr Abdul Rahman bin Abdulmanan Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emirati, said: “The Climate Neutral Strategic Initiative 2050 will contribute to stimulating major investments to build a sustainable economy that adopts new technologies, ensures sexual diversity., and provide new jobs for the next generation. Hosting the Conference of the Parties to the Convention will help The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 28 accelerate the transformation of our labor market to achieve these goals, and attract high-quality human capital to achieve growth through the adoption of clean energy and green infrastructure. ”

His Excellency Dr Ahmed bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, State Minister for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises, said: “As the backbone of the United Arab Emirates economy and the world, small and medium enterprises will reap much contribution to limitation. of the consequences of climate change.

The importance of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) is not limited to being an opportunity for our country to dedicate its leading role in the future of global sustainable trade, but it will also bring. enormous economic benefits for our nation. We hope that the prosperous small business system will take on sustainable business activities of the Global level ”.

He added, “We look forward to getting world leaders and policymakers to witness for themselves how the UAE has put sustainability at the heart of its economy, starting from logistics and recreation, to technology and transportation.”

His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, said that foreign direct investors should consider sustainability more in their future investment projects. an ideal opportunity for the UAE to show its leadership in the field of sustainability ”.

He added, “I am absolutely certain that hosting this event will lead to increased flows of foreign direct investment. We encourage companies of all sizes to invest in the UAE, and take advantage of a variety of incentives from low tax systems to green building initiatives.”

Her Excellency Sarah bint Youssef Al Amiri, Minister of State for High Technology, said: “The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) represents an ideal opportunity for world leaders and thinkers to join us in our journey. I believe that accepting innovative technologies that herald the Fourth Industrial Revolution is the key to reducing carbon emissions … The UAE’s approach to reducing emissions has always been based on partnership, and the need to share knowledge for to develop the knowledge. the most appropriate solutions to this problem. ”

She added, “The technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are reaching unprecedented levels of communication and data analysis. We can use these advanced technologies and exchange data to crystallize a clear vision we previously did not have about the challenges facing our planet. Utilizing technology. , UAE can occupy a leading position among the Countries around the world trying to stop climate change.

His Excellency Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, said: “Innovation is the main driver of development in the United Arab Emirates, and the need for it seems more urgent today than ever. efforts to stop carbon emissions .. AI provides a truly effective tool to stimulate and sustain efforts to implement the UAE sustainability .. From this point of view, we have collaborated with global innovators in the field of artificial intelligence to conduct comprehensive research and development with the aim to solve the problem of climate change .. For example, our artificial intelligence laboratory monitors and analyzes levels and sources of air pollution.Bahri also identifies the optimal locations for the installation of CSP panels.

He stressed that the UAE’s hosting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP28 will be an opportunity to shed light on our sustainable activities in the field of artificial intelligence, and said, “We will provide world leaders with direct examples of the ability of this technology to achieve perceptible results on earth. ”

His Excellency Ahmed bin Ali Mohammed Al Sayegh, Minister of State, said: “Our private sector has already begun to consider environmental and social risks in its business models. Companies in this sector play an important role in climate action in relation to adoption. Technological innovation and development of environmentally friendly goods and services. Our hosting of the Conference of the Parties will contribute to The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 28 to support our efforts to stimulate economic diversification and growth, while maintaining a sustainable competitive advantage. ”

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