On Sunday, eleven countries pledged to ensure the success of the 2015 Paris Agreement, reduce emissions by 2030, and do more to stop rising temperatures.
They also vowed to protect the most vulnerable populations as they enter the new energy economy in a climate-critical year.
Participants included U.S. climate deputy John Kerry and special ambassador for climate change in UAE Sultan Al Jaber and UN Climate Change Conference Cop26 chairman Alok Sharma.
On Sunday, Abu Dhabi’s Decree Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed met with Kerry, where the two sides explored ways to enhance environmental cooperation and mitigate the economic and ecological impacts of climate change.
Meanwhile, the Abu Dhabi event provides new impetus during a vital year in the climate decade fight. This month, U.S. President Joe Biden’s virtual climate summit will be accompanied by the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November.
“Today’s meeting, which took place just weeks before the climate leaders’ summit in Washington, D.C., could not have been more timely. This principle has been the driving force behind the UAE’s expansion into clean technology and sustainability over the past 15 years of July. We have found that these investments only make sense for business,” he said.
“This view is supported by Sunday’s trends and undeniable facts. Last year, for example, a record 260 gigawatts of newly created renewable energy capacity was set. And that was achieved despite the economic growth of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Also in the spotlight were pressing issues such as food and water security for the region.