MENA Climate Week 2023: Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman calls for success of UAE’s COP28

Saudi Minister underscored significance of oil and gas sector
MENA Climate Week 2023: Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman calls for success of UAE’s COP28
MENACW 2023 (Photo from SPA)

Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, the Saudi Minister of Energy, underscored the importance of the oil and gas sector, highlighting its continued relevance. He also stressed the need to ensure the success of UAE’s COP28 and called for collaborative efforts to make the summit in Dubai a resounding success and a memorable occasion for all attendees.

During his opening speech at the Middle East and North Africa Climate Week (MENACW) 2023, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman stated that they are actively engaged and committed to working diligently to ensure that COP28 becomes not only a successful summit but also a memorable event for everyone involved.

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Youth voices

The Minister mentioned that a group of young individuals at the Ministry of Energy will have the opportunity to share their experiences and provide insights into the work they are currently undertaking and their aspirations for the future. Their stories will serve as a significant narrative, shedding light on the ministry’s endeavors and its vision for the times ahead, he said.

MENACW 2023, organized by Saudi Arabia in collaboration with the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), kicked off on Sunday, October 8, in Riyadh. The event will run until October 12, providing a platform for discussions and initiatives focused on climate-related matters in the region.

Leading role

Saudi’s hosting of the event serves as a testament to its leading role and dedication in tackling climate challenges. This week-long event will serve as a platform for all stakeholders to come together and collaborate, aiming to advance unified efforts in developing sustainable and comprehensive climate solutions. The ultimate goal is to collectively address climate challenges and fulfill the ambitions outlined in the Paris Agreement.

Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri

Boosting collaboration

For her part, Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, UAE minister of Climate Change and the Environment, affirmed that the UAE is committed to boosting collaboration between countries of the MENA to enhance its climate ambitions to reduce carbon emissions, boost their climate adaptation, and re-allocate climate financing and investments to support this goal and drive sustainable development.

“MENA countries share many of the dangers entailed by the climate change fallout, which requires promptly finding solutions that are more effective to boost their ability to face such shifts and adapt to them. The UAE’s view is that we must take swift action to lead a just and equitable energy transition for countries in the region by replacing traditional energy systems with clean and renewable alternatives, while also ensuring energy security in the future,” she explained.

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