Kuwait takes part in cli­mate talks

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 22nd ses­sion of the Par­ties to the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change (UNFCCC), due to start to­day in the Moroc­can city of Marrakech, is re­flec­tive of the sig­nif­i­cance of this is­sue. The con­fer­ence, which goes on un­til Novem­ber 19th, is set to tackle in­ter­na­tional ac­tion on an is­sue that has al­ways been pri­or­i­tized by Kuwait. More­over, the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity now faces the peren­nial chal­lenge of im­ple­ment­ing the Paris Agree­ment on Cli­mate Change. On April 22, His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah was amongst the sig­na­to­ries of the Paris Agree­ment on Cli­mate Change, ad­ding Kuwait to an ex­ten­sive list of 170 na­tions to have joined the ac­cord.

Mean­while, dur­ing the 21st ses­sion of this con­fer­ence held in Paris, Kuwait strove to reach a global agree­ment that would pro­tect na­tions’ rights and en­sure sus­tained de­vel­op­ment, press­ing the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to seal the deal in hopes of ex­pe­dit­ing much needed ac­tion on this ur­gent is­sue.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the En­vi­ron­ment Pub­lic Au­thor­ity (EPA) Sheikh Ab­dul­lah Ah­mad Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah urged de­vel­oped na­tions to re­main com­mit­ted by pro­vid­ing lo­gis­ti­cal and tech­no­log­i­cal sup­port for needy coun­tries, in ef­forts to help them bet­ter cope with the ef­fects of cli­mate change. In De­cem­ber 1994, Kuwait was amongst the first na­tions to sign a UN agree­ment on Cli­mate Change. The coun­try has also made pal­pa­ble progress in fight­ing cli­mate change by ini­ti­at­ing a slew of projects de­signed to curb car­bon emis­sions.

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