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The United Arab Emirates is the 66th country to join the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, bringing the total partnerships in the Coalition to 141.
Speaking at the Coalition’s High Level Assembly in New York, on September 22, 2019, His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the UAE, said his country was moving ahead on a number of fronts to improve air quality.
“The UAE is ensuring that we have the proper legislation, regulations and laws to purify our air as much as we can,” Dr Al Zeyoudi said. “We are working to submit the UAE’s climate change law to cabinet by the end of this year.”
The UAE was the first country in the region to develop an air quality inventory and is working with scientists and academia to correlate satellite and ground station data in order to provide citizens with accurate information about their air quality.
Over the next two years The UAE has a target to improve air quality by 90 per cent over the next two years and a 2030 Green Agenda to reduce emissions from industry and most polluting sectors.
“We are very glad to join the Coalition and to work with its partners to share our experience and bring the Coalition’s expertise to the UAE to inform our future policies, regulations and practices,” HE Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi said.
The UAE is a recognised leader for its efforts to foster international cooperation to combat climate change. In addition to hosting the preparatory conference of the United Nations 2019 Climate Action Summit in Abu Dhabi last June-July, the country also hosted the preparatory meeting of the UN Climate Summit 2014, which provided an opportunity to support negotiations and identify transformative climate actions leading to the 2015 Paris Agreement.
The UAE continues its global leadership to improve air quality and protect the climate through actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants. Domestically the UAE is moving forward in this regard. Through its Climate Change Plan, Adaptation Programme, Energy Strategy, and Green Development Strategy, the UAE is setting measurable nation-wide targets to address the causes and impacts of climate change, plan a transition to a climate resilient green economy, and to achieve a better quality of life.
Helena Molin Valdés, Head of the Coalition’s Secretariat, welcomed UAE: “The Coalition welcomes the UAE as an important new partner in the global quest for clean air and a safe climate. The UAE’s domestic and regional actions demonstrates their commitment to the goals of the Coalition, and we invite them to work with us to share their solutions with the world.”
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