Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir: UAE initiatives confirm its eagerness to confront climate change

Sharm El Sheikh (Al Ittihad, WAM)

Adel Al-Jubeir, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Climate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, emphasized that the efforts of the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the Arab Republic of Egypt and their internal, external and regional initiatives reflect the interest and determination of the three countries to face the challenges of climate change.
In exclusive statements to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, he said: The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt attach great importance to the issue of challenges and consequences of climate change and their efforts confirm that actions are more important than words that describe the efforts and initiatives from the three countries as gigantic.
He added that the issue of climate has now become a priority on the agenda of international relations between different countries of the world, as it affects everyone, and pointed out that the importance of the current COP27 climate summit is to move from the planning and discussion stage. to the implementation stage.
He noted that every country cannot isolate itself. During the “Covid-19” pandemic, which affected the whole world, we witnessed the importance of joint work, as the world was unable to deal with it, except through cooperation and solidarity based on logical and scientific foundations.
He expressed his ambition for the world to reach a high level of cooperation and focus on building a better future for the world by dealing with the challenges of climate change to reach solutions based on logic, pointing out that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s pavilion is going through its most significant environmental efforts and initiatives in this connection.
In a related context, the leaders of the “Green Middle East Initiative” summit announced yesterday and confirmed the adherence of the member countries to the initiative by implementing their commitments and commitments towards the climate.
This came in a statement by the president issued at the end of the second edition of the summit, which was held in Sharm el-Sheikh on the sidelines of the UN climate conference, according to what was reported by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) .
The statement said that “the summit was held under the co-chairmanship of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in the presence of a number of leaders from Middle Eastern and African countries and international officials in the environment and climate change sector.”
He added: “The meeting leaders appreciated Saudi Arabia’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, especially the Green Middle East Initiative.”
And the “Green Middle East Initiative” is a regional initiative launched by Saudi Arabia in October 2021, with the participation of more than 25 countries, to serve as the “first regional dialogue of its kind on climate.”
The leaders emphasized the commitment of the initiative’s member countries to implement their climate pledges and commitments and their willingness to achieve integration and close coordination to raise collective capacities, according to the statement.
They emphasized “supporting the absorption of electrical networks to enter renewable energy and contribute to the achievement of climate change goals.”
The statement added: “The leaders expressed their willingness to continue cooperation with friendly countries and regional and international organizations to ensure the achievement of the goals of the Green Middle East Summit.”
He continued: “The leaders renewed their determination to strengthen cooperation to combat land degradation and desertification and commit to joint efforts to increase water and food security in the face of the adverse effects of climate change.”
“The leaders reiterated the importance of emphasizing the mobilization and provision of the necessary funding for the Green Middle East Initiative,” the statement added.
The Saudi crown prince had announced at the summit that his country had decided to contribute $2.5 billion to support the “Green Middle East” initiative over the next 10 years.

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