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Strong UAE participation in COP18 in Qatar

Qatar: Monday, December 03 - 2012 @ 12:58

The United Arab Emirates will be an active participant, giving its full support to the government of Qatar in ensuring a successful outcome to the Conference. The UAE delegation will comprise HE Dr. Rashid Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE’s Special Envoy on Climate Change and CEO of Masdar, as well as representatives from Prime Minister Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Water, Ministry of Energy, Masdar, Masdar Institute, ADNOC and Dubai Supreme Energy Council, General Civil Aviation Authority, and other federal and local entities.

“The fact that COP18 has come to the GCC for the first time is a great opportunity for us to showcase the region’s achievements,” said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber. “The UAE and other GCC countries are taking concrete, ambitious steps to advance clean energy. Ensuring the success of COP18 will enhance the standing of the region as a whole.”

He noted: “The UAE has adopted a leading role in the international climate process for several years. In 2010 the establishment of the Directorate of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was an important step in scaling up the UAE’s engagement in the UNFCCC.”

“The UAE believes strongly both in clean energy and in multilateral cooperation, as shown through our support of the International Renewable Energy Agency, hosted in Abu Dhabi,” said Dr. Al Jaber.

The COP18 negotiations will focus on launching a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and beginning negotiations for a new agreement, expected to conclude in 2015. The UAE will play an active role, with a 75 person team on the ground in Doha.

“Agreement on the Kyoto Protocol’s second commitment period is critically important, as it will keep alive a multilateral framework and mechanisms such as the CDM that have driven clean energy investment in developing countries,” said Dr. Al Jaber. “This will build confidence among countries and enable us to move forward in shaping a new agreement.”

In addition to participation in the negotiations, the UAE will have a strong physical presence. A pavilion in the Qatar Sustainability Expo showcases UAE achievements in clean energy and sustainability issues, with a structure based on the Masdar Institute’s cutting edge campus building.

The UAE will also host an official side event on December 6th to explore the “nexus” between water, food and energy issues. This discussion will feed into Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which will be held on January 13-17 2013.

The UAE delegates will also represent the country’s leadership role in clean energy and climate change at various panels and side events.

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