Amir re­it­er­ates com­mit­ment to com­bat cli­mate change

Ban calls for ‘elim­i­na­tion’ of fos­sil fuel sub­si­dies

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MARRAKECH: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad AlJaber Al-Sabah yes­ter­day re­it­er­ated Kuwait’s com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing the ef­forts ex­erted by the UN to com­bat the phe­nom­e­non of cli­mate change. Ad­dress­ing the 22nd Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties to the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change, also known as COP 22 in Marrakech, the Amir said Kuwait has par­tic­i­pated ef­fec­tively and con­stantly in the ne­go­ti­a­tions aimed to limit the neg­a­tive im­pact of this phe­nom­e­non, based upon the prin­ci­ples and pro­vi­sions and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the UN Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change, and the sub­se­quent pro­vi­sions un­til the Paris Agree­ment, since they con­sti­tute the legally bind­ing in­stru­ments and the ba­sis of joint co­op­er­a­tion.

HH the Amir called for tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the dis­par­ity in shoul­der­ing the bur­den, the in­equal­i­ties in ca­pac­i­ties and the lev­els of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in de­vel­op­ing na­tions. “Com­ing a few days af­ter the en­try into force of the Paris Agree­ment, our meet­ing to­day on this im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional oc­ca­sion, with such pres­ti­gious level of par­tic­i­pa­tion, is proof of Moroc­can King Mo­ham­mad VI’s con­cern to achieve what we as­pire for. Ad­dress­ing the phe­nom­e­non of cli­mate change in a dili­gent man­ner and re­al­iz­ing the mag­ni­tude of the chal­lenges faced by our planet and its en­vi­ron­ment re­flects our earnest pur­suit to re­form the cli­mate sys­tem and pro­tect our planet and its en­vi­ron­ment, un­til it re­gains its nat­u­ral bal­ance,” Sheikh Sabah said.

“In abid­ing by its in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments, my coun­try Kuwait has vol­un­tar­ily put well-stud­ied plans, based on sci­en­tific and eco­nomic re­search, within its avail­able pos­si­bil­i­ties, to re­ha­bil­i­tate its oil in­stal­la­tions, as its oil sec­tor seeks to adopt a new strat­egy founded on sci­en­tific and eco­nomic grounds that aim to limit emis­sions, in ad­di­tion to es­tab­lish­ing mech­a­nisms to im­prove en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, with­out jeop­ar­diz­ing its es­sen­tial in­ter­ests and its com­mit­ments to de­vel­op­ing clean in­dus­try, while tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion how to take ad­van­tage of the pro­grams and the mech­a­nisms es­tab­lished in the frame­work of the agree­ment,” the Amir noted.

Fur­ther­more, Kuwait is vol­un­tar­ily seek­ing to in­tro­duce re­new­able en­ergy re­sources in its de­vel­op­ment plans to en­sure a sus­tain­able sup­ply of en­ergy for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and as part of its con­tri­bu­tion to lim­it­ing the emis­sions of green­house gases into the at­mos­phere, as well as join­ing in the ef­forts of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to pro­tect the cli­mate sys­tem for present and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. In this con­text, I would like to as­sure you that we are about to com­plete the con­sti­tu­tional pro­ce­dures for the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Paris Agree­ment on cli­mate change,” the Amir said.

“With much hope, we look for­ward to see­ing the global con­scious­ness and aware­ness that we have sensed in the co­op­er­a­tion to limit the ef­fects of cli­mate change, re­flect on the Marrakech Con­fer­ence to con­sti­tute a turn­ing point in ad­dress­ing the im­pact of this phe­nom­e­non, and work to­wards achiev­ing the goals of the Paris Agree­ment through the adop­tion of res­o­lu­tions for the phase pre­ced­ing 2020 and be­yond, in view of the amend­ments in­tro­duced and ap­proved at the Doha Con­fer­ence and to im­ple­ment the items of the Paris Agree­ment,” HH the Amir added.

“My coun­try Kuwait also hopes that de­vel­oped coun­tries will ad­here to their pi­o­neer­ing role in re­duc­ing emis­sions and as­sist­ing de­vel­op­ing coun­tries by mak­ing re­sources avail­able to fi­nance the trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy, build­ing ca­pac­i­ties, as well as adapt­ing to the neg­a­tive ef­fects re­sult­ing from cli­mate change and the neg­a­tive ef­fects aris­ing from the re­sponse mea­sures to re­duce the im­pact of cli­mate change, par­tic­u­larly coun­tries whose economies de­pend on the pro­duc­tion and ex­port of fos­sil fu­els as their main and only in­come,” he noted.

In con­clu­sion, HH the Amir wished that the con­fer­ence would be suc­cess­ful, and ex­tended sin­cere thanks and grat­i­tude to the Moroc­can King, govern­ment and peo­ple for the warm wel­come and gen­er­ous hos­pi­tal­ity.

UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon called for the “elim­i­na­tion of fos­sil fuel sub­si­dies” to ac­cel­er­ate the tran­si­tion to clean en­ergy for the sake of the planet. Coun­tries and busi­nesses must do more to cur­tail global warm­ing caused by fos­sil fuel emis­sions, he said at the an­nual UN cli­mate con­fer­ence. “We have no right to gam­ble with the fate of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions or im­peril the sur­vival of other species that share our planet. I strongly urge all coun­tries to in­crease the mit­i­ga­tion am­bi­tion of their na­tional cli­mate plans by 2018,” he said. “The pri­vate sec­tor must also do much more, and I call for the elim­i­na­tion of fos­sil fuel sub­si­dies to ac­cel­er­ate the tran­si­tion to clean en­ergy.”

Ban said planet-warm­ing green­house-gas emis­sions must peak by 2020 and de­cline rapidly there­after for the world to meet the UN goal of lim­it­ing av­er­age global warm­ing to un­der two de­grees Cel­sius over pre-in­dus­trial lev­els. Cur­rent coun­try pledges to curb emis­sions “will not get us out of us the dan­ger zone,” he warned. Last year was the warm­est on record, the UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral noted, adding that 2016 “is vir­tu­ally cer­tain to be even hot­ter”.

“To­day more than 150 mil­lion peo­ple live on land that could be sub­merged or suf­fer chronic flood­ing within this cen­tury, pos­si­bly caus­ing mas­sive waves of mi­gra­tion and in­sta­bil­ity,” Ban said. The choices we make to­day could have “cat­a­strophic cli­mate im­pacts” for thou­sands of years to come. “This is an enor­mous re­spon­si­bil­ity and an enor­mous op­por­tu­nity to do what is right for our fu­ture,” said Ban, at­tend­ing his last COP of the UN’s cli­mate body be­fore his term ends. — Agencies

MARRAKECH: HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad Al-Thani, Morocco’s King Mo­hammed VI, Monaco’s Prince Al­bert II, UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon and France’s Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande pose with other world lead­ers for a group photo at the UN World Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence 2016 yes­ter­day. (Inset) HH Sheikh Sabah ad­dresses the gath­er­ing. — KUNA

MARRAKECH: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (right) and other se­nior of­fi­cials take part in the 22nd Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties to the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change yes­ter­day. — KUNA

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