UAE seeks to exchange sustainability expertise with Morocco

ABU DHABI,– The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment seeks to exchange expertise in sustainability and efforts to curb climate change with the Moroccan government and looks forward to highlighting successful Emirati experiences during the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-22) on climate change, scheduled in Marrakech, Morocco from 7th-18th November 2016, the Minister, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, said on Sunday.

The ministry’s participation builds on the unique relations between the UAE and Morocco, and is part of efforts to contribute to successful meetings at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), he told reporters during a special media briefing about the conference.

The UAE is in the forefront of countries addressing climate change issues and protecting their interests at the international level, through curbing the impact on local economies and the environment, Minister Al Zeyoudi added.

On 5th October 2016, the threshold for entry of the Paris Agreement was reached, and will enter into force on 4th November 2016. The agreement stated that it would enter into force, becoming fully effective, only if ratified by 55 countries that produce at least 55 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2015.

The director of the Climate Change Department at the ministry, Fahad Al Hammadi, noted that the UAE delegation to the COP-22 summit will include ministers and senior officials.

On the sidelines of the Marrakech COP-22 meeting, the UAE will also participate in seminars and workshops.

During one of the meetings, the role of youth in curbing global warming will be discussed in the presence of Shamma bint Sohail Faris Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of State for Youth Affairs.

Source: Emirates News Agency