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John Kerry, US Presidential Special Climate Envoy, will participate in the UAE climate talks on April 4.
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Abu Dhabi: The UAE will convene a regional climate dialogue on April 4 to discuss preparations for the 26th United Nations National Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26).

The dialogue will see the participation of John Kerry, US Presidential Special Envoy for Climate, the President of COP 26, Alok Sharma, the Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, Franceso La Camera, as well as ministers and senior climate representatives from the region. The COP26 summit, due to be held in Glasgow, UK in November 2021, will then focus on accelerated action to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Change. climatic.

Important dialogue

Dr Sultan Al Jaber

We look forward to welcoming Special Envoy Kerry and Alok Sharma, as well as Ministers and high-level representatives of key economies from the GCC region and MENA region to Abu Dhabi for this important dialogue. The UAE has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to progressive climate action and has sought to promote sustainable development across the region. By coming together for this dialogue, I believe we can create a greater momentum for progress, ”said Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technologies .

“The UAE sees climate action as an opportunity for economic development, while providing practical solutions to a global problem that affects us all. As the world seeks new avenues to ‘build back better’ in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, Special Envoy Kerry’s visit will help solidify efforts on smart sustainable solutions with tangible benefits for the community global, ”said Dr Al Jaber.

Global climate goals

“We are already seeing great examples of climate leadership across our region, including the initiative recently announced by our brotherly neighbors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The regional climate dialogue will provide a constructive platform for the MENA region to unite around progressive and practical solutions that can help the world achieve global climate goals, while encouraging innovation for sustainable growth ”, he added.

“It is vitally important that the world works together to tackle climate change. This means that countries come up with net zero targets and short-term emission reduction targets (the NDC 2030) that keep 1.5 degrees within reach. The transition to a clean economy can benefit everyone: by creating jobs, stimulating sustainable development and purifying our air. We are already starting to see progress and MENA countries are well positioned to take advantage of the economic opportunities of this transition. However, the consequences of climate change are already being felt across the region, and the UK will use its COP26 presidency to build adaptation momentum to help protect countries, communities and people from impacts of climate change, ”said Sharma.

Main themes

The main themes of the regional dialogue include accelerating the deployment of renewable energy solutions, exploring the potential of new zero-carbon energy sources, such as green and blue hydrogen, maximizing the impact of technologies mitigation, including carbon capture, and reduction in carbon intensity. hydrocarbons, on which the world will still depend during the energy transition. The conversation will focus on policies for adapting to the impacts of accelerating climate change trends that are of particular concern to the region, such as food and water security, desertification mitigation and environmental conservation.

Participants will seek to develop a common understanding of climate action priorities, as well as a roadmap for cooperation towards COP26 and associated milestones.

Pioneer

The UAE has always been a pioneer in the region in the development of renewable energy and other climate change mitigation technologies. Domestically, the UAE’s clean energy capacity, including solar and nuclear, is on track to reach 14 GW by 2030, up from just over 100 MW in 2015 and 2.4 GW in 2020. The UAE has established the region’s first commercial-scale CCUS network, Al Reyadah, to advance the deployment of technology essential for carbon reduction and climate change mitigation.

The UAE was also the first Gulf country to sign and ratify the Paris Agreements, and it recently announced that the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) represents the region’s first economic target for reducing emissions.

Approved by the UAE Cabinet in December 2020, the UAE’s second NDC includes an increased reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 23.5% compared to the status quo for the year 2030. The improved target is expected to translate into effect. by an absolute reduction in emissions of approximately $ 70 million. tons.

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