170 na­tions sign up at New York sum­mit

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By 7DAYS News Team @7DAYSUAE

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

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