UAE in talks over mobilisation of COP 21 climate agreement
ABU DHABI // The UAE attended a meeting on Wednesday about how to enact agreements made in the COP 21 climate pact, which is due to be formalised in Paris in December.
The UAE delegation to the two-day Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, held on the sidelines of the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York, was led by Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and chairman of the National Media Council board.
“In common with the MEF, we have identified an urgent need for the deployment of clean energy technologies at the lowest possible cost, to drive transformational progress,” he said.
The minister added that moving to a clean energy economy provides an opportunity to promote continued economic growth and sustainable development as part of a response to the challenges posed by climate change.
“The UAE’s participation, alongside 17 of the world’s leading economies, is a testament to the country’s commitment to sustainable development, and its leadership in the deployment of the clean energy technologies necessary to mitigate climate change.”
Discussions at the forum focused on a number of important issues that, it is hoped, will be resolved ahead of the COP 21 meeting in December.
These issues include the contribution of developed nations and developing nations to the mitigation of climate change; the scope of the climate agreement and whether or not it should include an additional long-term goal beyond limiting global warming to less than 2C.
The final question is how to finance the climate-related projects, including enhancing developing nations’ access to climate-friendly investment.
The MEF’s New York meeting was the third to be held this year. Previous meetings have taken place in Washington DC and Luxembourg. A fourth is scheduled for November.
Updated: September 30, 2015 04:00 AM