Wednesday, March 22, 2023 – 1:21 PM
– At the conclusion of the Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change in Copenhagen.
Sultan Al Jaber:
In line with the directives of the leadership in the UAE, we are working to support the progress of global climate action.
• Thanks to the forward-looking vision of the leadership, the UAE has strengthened its Nationally Determined Contributions, and we call on all countries to agree on achieving climate neutrality by 2050, and to prepare transition plans with measurable goals by 2030.
– The Synthesis Report of the Sixth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights the great challenges we face and the need for a course correction in order to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The thoughts of those responsible for climate action are encouraging and confirm that we should not wait for the outcome of the global tally to begin defining our response.
– We have an opportunity to make a paradigm shift in the entire climate action system, and if we make smart investments, we will be able to build a path for sustainable economic and social growth that protects the climate while supporting economic progress.
– We need an ambitious and practical approach that guarantees transparency and focuses on reducing emissions and not slowing down growth and progress, while ensuring that everyone is included so that this progress extends to the countries of the global south.
Funding is a critical factor for success in all pillars of climate action, and we need to double the amount of funding allocated to “adaptation” by 2025, and achieve an effective result on the issue of “loss and damage” this year, through clear recommendations from the transitional committee concerned with the Loss and Damage Handling Fund and financing arrangements. .
It is essential that financing allocated to address losses and damages be reliable and focused on the needs of countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
– There is a consensus on the need to develop the performance of international financial institutions to provide more funding at low cost and soft terms, and we need the continuous support of everyone to achieve and activate this development.
– To ensure sustainable economic growth, we must increase reliance on renewable and zero-emissions energy sources, in conjunction with reducing emissions of the current energy system by investing in new technologies that have proven their effectiveness.
– We have identified many gaps and challenges, and we have begun to discuss how to turn them into opportunities. We must also turn ambition into reality, and move from discussing solutions to implementing them.
Copenhagen, March 22, WAM / His Excellency Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and President-designate of the Conference of the Parties (COP28), affirmed that the directives of the leadership in the UAE focus on supporting global climate action to achieve radical progress, a qualitative shift that contributes to ensuring that the conference comes out with practical results that include practical results. Everyone, and His Excellency called on the ministers and officials concerned with the climate file from all over the world to unite and unify efforts to achieve the desired results.
This came as part of His Excellency’s statements at the Ministerial Conference on Climate Change, which he co-chaired with His Excellency Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian Foreign Minister and Chairman of the COP27 Conference.
The Copenhagen meeting is the first official political meeting of ministers and officials involved in climate action from around the world since COP27.
During the conference – which lasted for two days and was hosted by the Danish government – His Excellency held a series of bilateral meetings in an effort to mobilize support for the conference’s agenda aimed at focusing on practical results and including everyone. Preventing the global warming from exceeding 1.5°C.
The conference was attended by a group of climate ministers and senior government representatives from developed and developing countries, including France, Japan, Maldives, Samoa, United Kingdom, United States of America and many others, along with Simon Steel, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Selwyn Hart, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Action.
During the conference, His Excellency Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, along with His Excellency Sameh Shoukry, and His Excellency Dan Jorgensen, Danish Minister of Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy, focused on following up on the results and outputs of the COP27 conference, and paving the way for the success of the COP28 Conference of the Parties that the UAE will host later in the year. current.
His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber indicated that the global inventory is approaching to assess the progress made in implementing the goals of the Paris Agreement within the COP28 Conference of the Parties, and called on the attending ministers and leaders of climate action to take action across a range of key areas so that the goal of avoiding exceeding the rise in global temperature can be achieved. Earth level 1.5 degrees Celsius.
His Excellency said: “The Synthesis Report of the Sixth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was released yesterday, highlighted the great challenges facing us, and the need to correct the course in order to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. It also identified many opportunities and solutions available to reduce emissions and enhance climate resilience.” .
His Excellency stressed the need to accelerate the paths of climate neutrality, as he explained the UAE’s approach to achieving this crucial goal, and said: “In line with the directives of the leadership in the Emirates, we are working to accelerate the paths of climate neutrality by relying on renewable and emissions-free energy sources, in conjunction with reducing emissions existing energy system, and investing in new proven mitigation technologies.
“The world has a limited opportunity to radically transform the entire climate action system, and if we make smart investments, we will be able to build a path to sustainable economic and social growth that protects the climate while supporting economic progress,” he added.
His Excellency also noted the importance of financing as a decisive success factor in all pillars of climate action, and said: “We need to double the financing of ‘adaptation’ by 2025, and achieve an effective result on the issue of losses and damages this year through clear recommendations from the Transitional Committee concerned with the Loss and Damages Fund.” and financing arrangements.” His Excellency also stressed the need to communicate with all climate action platforms to ensure the full activation of the Fund by the COP28 Conference of the Parties.
He stressed the need for the financing allocated to address losses and damages to be reliable and focus on the needs of the countries most vulnerable to the repercussions of climate change, pointing out that there are many opinions heard by His Excellency that see the need to develop the performance of international financial institutions to provide more financing at low cost and soft terms, stressing the need for continuous support From everyone to achieve and activate this necessary development.
At the end of the conference, His Excellency addressed the audience, calling for moving from setting goals to implementing them. He said: “We have identified many gaps and challenges, and discussed how to turn them into solutions and opportunities. We must also intensify work to turn ambition into reality and move from the stage of discussing solutions to implementing them.” .
His Excellency participated in the dialogue and in many plenary sessions and high-level discussions during the ministerial meeting on climate change in Copenhagen. He also met with a group of ministers, leaders of climate action and those concerned with climate, including Zhao Yingmin, Deputy Minister of the Environment of China, HE Collins Nzofu, Minister of Green Economy and Environment of Zambia, and His Excellency Grace Phu, Minister of Sustainability and Environment of Singapore, and Jennifer Morgan, Undersecretary of the German Foreign Ministry, His Excellency stressed in all discussions the need to promote effective and concrete climate action, and raise the bar of ambition at COP28.
At the end of the visit, His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber thanked the ministers and leaders of climate action, and welcomed their support to achieve a realistic, logical, smart and fair transition in the energy sector, based on the approach of including and empowering private sector partners.
His Excellency was accompanied on the visit by Majid Al Suwaidi, Director General of the COP28 Bureau, who led a round table meeting with heads and executives in the Danish industrial sector in the fields of renewable energy, heavy industries, transportation, water systems and energy innovations.
During the meeting, His Excellency linked the agenda of the COP28 Conference of the Parties to the real economy, and discussed the main components of the conference’s strategy, especially the global outcome of assessing the progress made in implementing the goals of the Paris Agreement, the transition in the energy sector, strengthening the oversight of the private sector and following up on its efforts in climate action.
The visit to Copenhagen is the latest in the global listening tour undertaken by the COP28 Presidency, which aims to meet and listen to the opinions of a group of partners across governments, civil society, youth, the private sector, and representatives of international organizations and non-governmental organizations, and interact with them. So far, His Excellency Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al-Jaber and members of the COP28 Presidency team visited India, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the United States, and the team is scheduled to hold additional meetings in more developed and developing countries.
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