Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed receives US climate envoy John Kerry

The two spoke about ways to help fight climate change

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - April 04, 2021: HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (3rd L), meets with John Kerry, US Presidential Envoy for Climate (R), at Al Shati Palace. Seen with HH Major General Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy National Security Adviser, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office (L) and HH Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE National Security Advisor (2nd L).

( Mohamed Al Hammadi / Ministry of Presidential Affairs )
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Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed met the US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry in Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces received Mr Kerry during his visit to the UAE to attend the first Regional Climate Dialogue.

They discussed environmental protection and ways to mitigate the impact of climate change during the talks at Al Shati Palace.

They also spoke about the importance of achieving international co-operation to tackle environmental problems.

And they touched on how the UAE’s renewable energy projects help contribute to efforts to curb climate change at the local and global level.

Mr Kerry commended the “significant role” the Emirates plays in supporting renewable energy, according to Wam, the UAE news agency.

And they discussed the importance of the Emirates hosting the Regional Climate Dialogue to share ideas about how to address environmental challenges.

The event focuses on national and regional preparations for the 26th session of the UN's Climate Change Conference, Cop26, due to take place in November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed, national security adviser, Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed, member of the Executive Council and chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed, and Dr Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE's special envoy for climate change and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology.

Mr Kerry arrived in the UAE on Saturday, before the start of event.

“We face an enormous global challenge and it’s growing in intensity,” Mr Kerry said.

He visited Abu Dhabi’s Noor and Shams 1 solar parks, the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and Jubail Mangrove Park in the heart of the capital.

It is Mr Kerry’s first visit to the Middle East since being appointed to the role.

The veteran politician was chosen as climate envoy by US President Joe Biden and vowed to swiftly make up for America’s “lost years” in the battle to protect the environment.

One of the president’s first acts in office was to announce the US would rejoin the Paris Agreement.

He also called an online summit of 40 leaders, including those of India and China, on April 22 and 23. It will be streamed publicly.