Mohammed bin Rashid participates in the Leaders’ Summit on Climate and reviews the UAE’s vision to support climate action


Mohamed Ben Rached

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may God preserve him, will participate in the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate hosted by US President Joe Biden on April 22 and 23, during which His Highness reviews the UAE’s vision during his speech to the summit. And her ambitions about climate action.
His Highness’s participation in the summit comes alongside forty leaders of countries that play an active and influential role in efforts to address the repercussions of climate change, which could turn challenges into opportunities for the next generation.
The UAE has established its leading position in climate action by identifying innovative pathways to reach a low carbon economy. Last December, the UAE became the first country in the region to commit to reducing emissions in all economic sectors, when it submitted its second Nationally Determined Contributions to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The second Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) affirm the UAE’s ambition and commitment to continuously reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 23.5% from business as usual for 2030, which equates to an overall emission reduction of about 70 million tons. The UAE’s efforts to reduce emissions include increasing reliance on clean energy, expanding technology for carbon capture, use and storage, maintaining blue carbon ecosystems, promoting sustainable agriculture, and implementing environmentally friendly waste management systems.
The UAE is considered a pioneer in the region in adopting effective public policies, including the policy of diversifying the economy that focuses on the green economy, diversifying energy sources through capacity building in the field of renewable and clean energy, in addition to enhancing energy efficiency, transportation and sustainable urban planning.
The UAE has also been at the forefront of countries in the region in terms of climate change policies since the Paris Agreement, as it initially committed to increasing the share of clean energy to 24% of the total energy mix by 2021, before it later took the initiative to raise this target to 50% by 2050.
With the United States of America seeking to strengthen international partnerships to explore ways of cooperation in limiting the repercussions of climate change, the UAE is a key partner in this field through its efforts that include reducing emissions, developing innovative solutions and providing the necessary financing, in addition to enhancing capabilities to adapt to the repercussions of climate change. .
And earlier this month, the UAE strengthened its leadership role in the field of climate action by hosting the regional climate dialogue with the participation of 10 major economies in the Middle East and North Africa, along with the US Presidential Envoy for Climate Change, John Kerry, and the Chair of the 26th session. To the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP 26), Alok Sharma, where the dialogue focused on raising climate aspirations in preparation for the convening of the Conference of the Parties in Glasgow next November, in a year that is considered crucial in terms of climate action.
The Leaders’ Climate Summit will be a major stop prior to the COP 26, as it aims to increase opportunities for concrete practical outcomes in global climate action during the conference.

Source: WAM

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