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Maryam Al Muhairi: “Climate neutrality” is a key driver for sustainable economic progress



Maryam Al Muhairi: “Climate neutrality” is a key driver for sustainable economic progress

The UAE Government launched the “UAE Strategy for Climate Neutrality 2050”, which is a pioneering step in the UAE’s journey in the field of climate action and a key driver of the country’s sustainable economic and social progress.

This happened during a session yesterday by His Excellency Maryam bint Mohammed Al Muhairi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, as part of the agenda for the second and final day of the UAE Government’s annual meeting.

His Excellency said: “The UAE Strategy for Climate Neutrality reflects the action plan to achieve the goals of the UAE Strategic Initiative to Achieve Climate Neutrality, which the country launched two years ago, and thus teams are beginning to work hard to achieve this ambitious goal. This work resulted in the UAE’s Climate Neutrality 2050 last year. Path announced.” At the COP27 Conference of the Parties in Sharm el-Sheikh.

His Highness added: “This strategy represents one of the bright spots of the UAE’s journey in climate action spanning decades, initiated by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him.”

Economic development

He stressed that without the UAE’s Climate Neutrality 2050 strategy, the country’s emissions would have reached 210 million tonnes annually.

However, this strategy will lead us to sustainable economic growth while meeting the UAE’s climate commitments and enhancing its contributions to combating climate change and limiting global warming in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement. Attract new talent, expertise, partners, sectors and markets.


The strategy falls within the framework of implementing our Nationally Determined Contributions, whereby the UAE has committed to reducing emissions by 40% compared to a business-as-usual scenario by 2030, according to the strategy’s trajectory. , the country plans to reduce emissions by 60% by 2040, reaching net zero emissions by 2050.

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Local production

Various sectoral initiatives support the UAE government’s commitment to climate neutrality, particularly in the six sectors of energy, industry, transport, agriculture, waste and construction, which will be implemented through more than 25 key projects, he said. This strategy will provide 200,000 job opportunities, which will contribute to achieving a growth of about 3% in the GDP and increasing the growth of national exports.

His Excellency identified 3 factors that would contribute to the implementation of initiatives in support of achieving the goals of the Government’s vision of climate neutrality, providing appropriate mechanisms for funding climate initiatives, deploying technology, supporting research and development strategy, and adopting an improvement approach. Skills and abilities, in addition to various community initiatives by coordinating the efforts of federal agencies, local agencies and the private sector.


In this regard, Her Excellency pointed out that the development of the strategy was the result of collaboration between federal and local authorities and consultation with the private sector and all sectors of society. He confirmed that more than 100 meetings were organized and more than 800 comments and observations were received as part of developing the strategy.

He stressed that the UAE Strategy for Climate Neutrality 2050 is one of the most important national plans to achieve sustainable development in the UAE in the coming years, which requires more joint action by various federal and local authorities, the private sector and all. Target sectors.

This is to ensure the completion of multiple emission reduction and carbon removal initiatives and to strengthen all sectors of society to effectively participate in efforts aimed at achieving climate neutrality.

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During the session, His Highness reviewed the UAE’s Climate Neutrality Strategy 2050, the efforts and achievements already achieved, future prospects for the next phase and the country’s efforts to support comprehensive strategies, programs and climate action. Projects that contribute to achieving the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

State-initiated strategies and plans represent a system of comprehensive, interconnected policies for all environmental sectors that reflect a depth of future vision and proactive planning in addressing climate challenges, protecting the state’s natural resources and promoting their sustainability.

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A 4,000-tonne Emirati aid ship departed from Fujairah in support of the Palestinian brothers.



A 4,000-tonne Emirati aid ship departed from Fujairah in support of the Palestinian brothers.

An Emirati aid ship loaded with 4,016 tons of humanitarian supplies left this afternoon for Al-Arish in preparation for their entry into the Gaza Strip, as part of the humanitarian operation “Qaland Night 3” implemented by His Highness. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, head of state, “may God protect him”, to support the people, brother Palestinians in the Gaza Strip..

The ship, which departed from Fujairah port, carried 3,465 tonnes of food, 420 tonnes of shelter and 131 tonnes of medical aid, both donated by the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation and the Foundation for Humanitarian Affairs. The Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Foundation, in addition to the Emirates Red Crescent Authority, for charitable and humanitarian work..

The Head of State, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God protect him, last November 5 ordered the Joint Operations Command of the Ministry of Defense to launch “The Gallant Night 3”, a humanitarian operation to support the Brotherhood. Humanitarian support to the Palestinian people, in cooperation with humanitarian agencies in the country..

The UAE’s total aid to the fraternal Palestinian people before December 1 was more than 2,681 tons, while the total number of aircraft in the UAE airlift reached 92 aircraft..

The UAE’s commitment embodies the values ​​of solidarity and synergy with the brotherly Palestinian people, based on a long history of relief and humanitarian work during which the UAE is keen to provide all possible support..

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As aggression on Gaza resumes… Withdrawal, withdrawal, condemnations from climate conference in Dubai



As aggression on Gaza resumes… Withdrawal, withdrawal, condemnations from climate conference in Dubai

A devastating Israeli resumption of war in Gaza on Friday overshadowed the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, with some delegates walking out, leaders canceling their speeches and others not attending the event.

In his speech, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “As a result of Israel’s occupation, we cannot avoid facing the humanitarian crisis in our neighboring Palestinian territories, which cannot be justified under any circumstances.” He considered it a “crime against humanity and a war crime”.

In turn, the presidents of Colombia and Cuba described the war as “genocide”.

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, was not included in the final list of speakers after his name appeared.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was scheduled to be the first speaker, but did not attend the summit.

“As we see in the region, conflicts are causing great suffering and emotion,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at the summit. “We heard reports of renewed bombs in Gaza.”

Iranian delegates walked out of the conference in protest at the sudden Israeli presence, which the head of the delegation, Energy Minister Ali Akbar Mehrabian, described as “contrary to the goals and directions of the conference.”

Iranian official media reported on Thursday that President Ibrahim Raisi would not attend the conference and that Mehrabian would act in his stead.

Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid used his speech to condemn the aggression against Gaza, calling on the international community to “stand firm”.

A war against innocent people

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said his country was “appalled by the ongoing tragedy in Gaza, and that the war against innocent people in Palestine is a war crime that must stop.”

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Other leaders have also criticized the war in Gaza, but Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has not spoken about it.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog canceled his speech, a day after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas canceled his participation in the conference, as the war in Gaza dominated the conference’s deliberations.

So far, the Israeli occupation of Gaza has led to the fall of more than 15,000 martyrs, most of them women and children.

Israel says 1,200 Israeli soldiers and settlers have been killed as a result of Operation Al-Aqsa flooding, which was launched by the opposition on October 7 last year in settlements around Gaza.

The Palestinian opposition said the move came in retaliation for crimes of aggression against civilians in the West Bank and Gaza and the desecration of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

It is noteworthy that the United Arab Emirates, the host country of the conference, is one of the Arab countries that signed default agreements with Israel in 2020.

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Dubai Municipality adopts 7 pledges to ensure sustainability



Dubai Municipality adopts 7 pledges to ensure sustainability

Dubai Municipality adopted seven strategic commitments to ensure sustainability in its current and future projects, while it provided a sustainable model for government sites, within the activities of the COP28 conference, by building its site using 3D printing from sustainable, eco-friendly materials.

Marwan Al-Janahi, an engineer at the building licensing department of Dubai Municipality and one of the supervisors of the municipality’s platform at “COP 28”, said the seven commitments are climate neutrality, increasing the area of ​​reserves, and doubling green areas. , achieving complete sustainability of buildings, sustainability of sanitation and achieving zero waste, in landfills, in addition to complete treatment of wastewater in the emirate.

Al Janahi added that the Emirate of Dubai is working to achieve a “zero” percentage of waste in buildings, noting that the amount of construction waste recorded by the Emirate of Dubai in 2019 was 65 million tonnes, of which around 15 million tonnes were generated. Thrown in the waste, the rest was recycled.

He stressed that Dubai has succeeded in achieving the concepts of a sustainable economy through the Dubai Green Building System and following the Al Safaat method of constructing buildings in the emirate in accordance with green building standards and requirements.

He pointed out that during COP 28, the municipality is highlighting a set of projects and initiatives dedicated to promoting sustainable pathways in Dubai, such as the Digital Twin Project for the City of Dubai and the use of advanced technology, including applications of artificial intelligence. , the Safat system for assessing the carbon footprint of buildings in an urban environment, reducing and sequestering waste, reducing and eliminating emissions from the source, and assessing green buildings. Dubai Municipality supports the COP28 conference, hosted by the UAE, as a turning point for achieving concrete progress on global climate action, with a focus on achieving sustainable economic and social development, promoting cooperation, partnerships and coordinating climate action efforts. To reflect the organizational values ​​of participation, positivity, competition and efficiency.

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On the sidelines of the conference, Dubai Municipality organized a series of interactive workshops promoting international participation from different parts of the world, on key topics such as imagining best sustainable practices and awareness of eco-friendly practices. Several dialogue sessions hosted by the global event, experts speak, present the results of its many strategic initiatives in the fields of evaluating, classifying and rewarding international, green building practices, establishing laboratories supporting the sustainability of future cities, and benefiting from data analysis.

7 Affirmations

– The climate is neutral.

– Increase in reserve area.

– Doubling of green areas.

– Achieving complete sustainability of buildings.

– Sustainability of healthcare.

– Filtration of waste in garbage cans.

– Complete sewage treatment in the emirate.

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