Dr. Ali Mohamed Al-Khouri
Dr. Ali Muhammad Al-Khoury, President of the Arab Federation for the Digital Economy and Advisor to the Council of Arab Economic Unity of the League of Arab States, said that tomorrow, Thursday, the eyes of the world will turn to the United Arab Emirates, where the twenty-eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) will be held. 28”.
Al-Khoury added to Al-Shorouk: “The conference is expected to succeed in reshaping the course of global climate action, in addition to expectations for the attendance of more than 70,000 participants, including heads of a large number of countries, ministers, representatives of the private sector, experts, youth, and academics. and non-governmental organizations.”
He pointed out that the UAE looks forward to the conference achieving balanced, tangible and comprehensive results to achieve progress and raise the ceiling of climate ambition by moving to the stage of implementing the goals, as in accordance with what was stipulated in the Paris Climate Agreement, the UAE will conduct the first comprehensive global assessment of the progress made towards achieving the goals of combating climate change. the climate.
He added that the conference is expected to discuss the risks resulting from international turmoil that threaten global stability and the rapid growth of low-cost renewable energy and low-emission innovations, and to also discuss concerns related to ensuring energy security and the high demand for traditional fuels, in addition to examining the worsening climate disasters and the continuation of the food crisis. Global support for climate action, and the reasons for the lack of support directed to countries most vulnerable to the repercussions of climate change.
*Emirati solutions to climate change and adaptation.
He stressed that the changes that have occurred in climate change in recent decades have necessitated the UAE to work on the necessity of finding more ways and means to confront these climate changes, and to deploy all technologies that would reduce the emissions of harmful gases that cause global warming and what the Arab region faces. Currently facing the problem of climate change, and its keenness to explore the impact of climate change and the measures that can be taken to mitigate its effects in Arab countries and the world as well through the Climate Future Project.
He added: “The UAE is hosting the global conference, relying on its honorable history as a prominent regional destination to mobilize international efforts to address environmental issues and the climate change crisis, as it periodically hosts many major international meetings in which thousands of leaders, officials and specialists in the government and business sectors participate, including: For example, the Climate Forum at the World Government Summit, which is held in Dubai annually, and Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, as well as the World Green Economy Summit, which is held in Dubai, and the annual water, environment and energy technology exhibition.”
He stressed that the UAE’s hosting of the climate conference is of great importance at the regional and global levels, as attention is turning to hosting it, as it is a promising and pioneering country in this field, and is working on using green hydrogen, solar energy, and wind energy, in addition to large joint projects with many countries.
He explained that the UAE has a major role in stimulating global efforts to protect the ecosystem from the negative effects resulting from the climate change crisis. It has also achieved tremendous achievements and made efforts over the past three decades to strengthen its local capabilities, and has strengthened its role at the global level by joining international organizations, agreements and alliances. Environmentally-related, and over the past years it has joined a new group of international initiatives and alliances, including the International Solar Alliance and the Climate and Clean Air Alliance.
*The UAE’s message to the conference.
The importance of holding “COP28” in the UAE stems from its pioneering and distinguished role in the field of international climate action, as the country delivers one of the best global results within the framework of its commitment to climate protection. It is at the forefront in working to achieve international commitments concerned with concerted efforts to protect countries and human societies from the effects and consequences of the absence of climate justice, and its commitment as the first country in the region to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, and to develop a national strategy to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, and to invest more than 100 billion. $ in clean energy projects in 70 countries, in addition to hosting global events related to climate protection.
The UAE is also committed to combating climate change within an integrated system of strategies, legislation, initiatives and projects related to protecting the climate and the environment and combating climate change. In addition, the UAE bears the message of the conference in this edition, the slogan of connecting minds and creating the future, so that the world unites around concrete climate action and provides realistic solutions, and for the conference to become a turning point. To the world, through the combined efforts of governments, civil society and the private sector, to work closely together to address climate change.
Through the conference’s green zone, the UAE also provides the private sector with the opportunity to present its contributions and solutions to the global climate challenge, with their innovative methods, climate action technology and entrepreneurship forming an important part of the conference.
* Positive expectations
. He stressed that hopes are placed on the conference to develop solutions to the problem of climate change and adapt to it, as it is a real opportunity to activate the financing mechanism of the Climate Fund and provide the necessary amounts annually to confront the risks of climate change, and to urge rich countries to help developing and poor countries adapt and mitigate the risks resulting from increased emissions. Due to the use of fossil fuels in industries.
He added: “The conference must also emphasize stopping dependence on fossil energy and switching to new and renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. It is also expected that the conference and its results will move from the stage of ambitions to tangible and effective achievements and results, and accelerate decisions and actions to reduce global emissions by a percentage.” 43% by 2030 compared to 2019 levels and participate in strengthening adaptation measures with the aim of building climate resilience and avoiding repercussions from which recovery can be achieved, accelerating the achievement of an orderly, responsible, fair and rational transition in the energy sector and reducing emissions, developing climate financing mechanisms by fulfilling previous pledges, and establishing a framework For a new global agreement on financing.