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UAE renews support for UN climate change efforts

posted on 15/02/2008: 773 views



New York - The UAE has renewed its support to the role of the UN in meeting the challenges posed by climate changes and said it will continue to cooperate with the international community in the collective efforts to reach proper solutions, nationally and internationally, to deal with the negative effects of climate change.

It further called for "providing the necessary support for developing countries and facilitating their access to new technologies so as to enhance their abilities to adapt and apply measures of mitigation and get clean sustainable energy resources, all of which requires operating the funds and mechanisms established by the Kyoto Protocol in a transparent and just manner." The UAE's calls came in statement by Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations at the Thematic Debate of the General Assembly Ahmed al-Jarman to the United Nations at the Thematic Debate of the General Assembly.

The UAE also announced its endorsement of the UN role in proposing solutions for countries on the basis of common but differentiated responsibilities and abilities of countries to implement the provisions of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto protocol and its role in assisting the countries in implementing them The UAE representative said it was necessary for the developed countries to shoulder their responsibilities towards this global crisis and fulfilling their commitments during the coming negotiations to implement the recommendations of international conferences and conventions related to environment and sustainable development, especially UNFCCC and its optional protocol.

The UAE representative commended the Secretary General Ban Ki Moon's efforts and endeavours to mobilize the international efforts to take the necessary steps to meet the Climate Change challenges which are becoming a source of a real danger for the present and future of humanity.

"The UAE reaffirms that the UN is the most appropriate frame within which we can define ways to deal with the crisis", he said.

The statement reiterated the UAE's awareness of the size and seriousness of the challenges emerging from the Climate Change and the threat it poses to the security and stability of peoples in many countries, especially the developing countries.

"Dealing with these challenges requires a global partnership and an effective cooperation among developed and developing countries, the UAE was keen on joining all regional and international conventions and protocols on environment and sustainable development," he stressed.

He expressed the UAE's hope that negotiations will reach a comprehensive convention on emission reduction for after Kyoto , one that does not negatively impact the economies and the process of development in the developing countries, in general, and in particular in the oil producing and exporting countries , one of which is the UAE, whose economies depends primarily on fossil fuel.

The UAE, he noted, have supported the road map and the Plan of Action adopted at Bali in December 2007 which calls for launching negotiations among state parties that would be completed by the end of 2009 leading to a convention on emission reduction that can enter force by the end of 2012." The UAE, said the statement , is a big oil producing country keen to ensure a continuous flow of energy to the world markets, continues to enhance its efforts and initiatives in sponsoring and supporting international activities to find alternative sources of clean, safe and affordable sources of energy and deal with the climate change crisis.

The statement cited UAE's initiatives and activities which represent one of the many aspects of the country's national comprehensive strategy "to protect the environment and deal with climate changes without undermining programs of development in the country." During the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi which was a mobilization of government representatives, scientists, expertise, researchers and specialists in environment and energy, the UAE announced the launch of one of the largest program in sustainable development, with an initial investment of US$15 billion in projects targeting solar, hydrogen and wind power and carbon reduction and management, it remarked.

"The UAE also announced the launch of the Zayed Future Energy Prize awarding $US 2.2 million annually to honour individuals and organizations for their excellence in the innovation, development and implementation of sustainable energy solutions." "Last Friday, we launched "Masdar City"; the world's only zero carbon, zero waste city; expected to be completed in 2016 with a population of 50, 0000 and hosting 1500 companies. My country has also supported and contributed US$150 million to the fund established by Saudi Arabia last November, with US$ 750 million budget for research on the relationship between oil and the environment and climate change." "A number of measures have been implemented in areas of renewable energy, air pollution desertification, increasing the green areas, emission reduction and clean energy." "We have enforced zero emission policies in all activities related to oil industries and mainstreamed the use of unleaded fuel in all transportation sectors", it added.

Those efforts culminated in 2006 in the launching of Masdar project which aims to establish a world centre for developing future solution for sustainable energy through an integrated group of methods and means including a network of research institutes specialized in energy as well as maintaining stability in the world energy markets." Last April, the statement said, the UAE announced the government's strategy which aims to achieve sustainable development in all sectors within the frame of general environment standard in the country. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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