UAE SIGNS PACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE
170 nations sign up at New York summit
The UAE was among 170 leading nations to sign up to the Paris Climate Agreement, at a high-level signing ceremony held by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, in New York.
Friday’s ceremony marked the first step in implementing the Paris Agreement, which was adopted in December 2015, reported UAE news agency WAM.
Signing on behalf of the UAE government was Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, who said: “The UAE is proud to be here today to send a united message.
“We will make the Paris Agreement work, and we will work individually and collectively to find the best courses of climate action.”
During his statement at the signing ceremony, Dr Al Zeyoudi outlined the voluntary steps that the UAE is undertaking to diversify its economy into knowledge driven industries through the UAE Vision 2021, Green Growth Strategy and Innovation Strategy.
“These comprehensive strategies and plans will not only yield emissions reductions benefits, but they also help safeguard our economy for generations,” he said.
The UAE delegation included Razan Al Mubarak, Secretary General of Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak said: “Abu Dhabi has remained steadfast in its commitment to the development of its city and its people.
“We will remain an active, collaborative player in providing efficient access to reliable environmental data that will equip decision-makers with information that ensures that sustainable development.”
The UAE is proud to be here today to send a united message to the world – Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi