Abu Dhabi: Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, has stressed the need for an inclusive, action-oriented approach to transform systems and accelerate trajectories in the fight against climate change. The statement was made in his first speech after being appointed as COP President-Designate.
“UAE has a clear sense of responsibility and a great sense of urgency when it came to hosting COP28 and helping to build global ambition and accelerate action on climate change,” Dr. Al Jaber remarked while speaking at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum.
Dr. Al Jaber noted that the UAE is the host country of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the first in the region to commit to the Paris Agreement, the first in the region to submit a Nationally Determined Contribution, and the first to set out a roadmap to net zero.
“We want COP28 to transform systems and accelerate 2030 trajectories through game-changing partnerships, solutions, and outcomes. We want it to be a COP of Solidarity that bridges the global north and south and includes the public and private sectors, scientists, civil society, women, and youth. And we want it to be a practical COP, a COP of Action that raises ambitions and moves from goals to implementation across mitigation, adaptation, finance, and loss and damage,” the minister further added.
Dr. Al Jaber concluded that “the UAE, as hosts of COP28 and at the crossroads of North, South, East, and West, will listen, engage with all those who want to engage, build bridges, and pursue global consensus in this collective effort.”
The Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum convenes the world’s top energy and foreign policy decision makers annually to examine the longer-term geopolitical and geo-economic implications of the changing energy system. The forum is held as part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, ADNOC, and Mubadala.