Friday, October 22, 2021

US Climate Envoy John Kerry congratulates UAE on ‘incredibly important’ Net Zero 2050 initiative

John Kerry, the president’s special climate envoy, praised world leaders and prominent environmental decision-makers in the United Arab Emirates for his Net Zero 2050 strategic initiative, calling it an “incredibly important” step in the fight against climate change. climate change.

John Kerry said: “My sincere congratulations and thank you to the UAE for their incredibly important Net Zero 2050 strategic initiative. As the UAE prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary as a nation later this year, this goal of mid-century net zero sets very powerful vision for your next exciting decades to come.

“I know this announcement is the result of serious groundwork by many and sets an example for other major energy exporters to follow. I look forward to working with the United Arab Emirates to make this happen. of this goal a reality. “

Kerry also thanked the UAE for using Expo 2020 Dubai “to draw attention to the world’s shared responsibility in dealing with the climate crisis.”

He said: “This work that we all need to do must accelerate during this critical decade – a decade that will make or destroy our ability to meet our goals for 2050.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also welcomed the announcement, on Twitter: “Fantastic news that the UAE has become the first Gulf country to commit to net zero emissions by 2050. It’s is an important step in the fight against climate change, and I hope more countries commit to net zero before COP26. “

These United Arab Emirates are the first country in the Middle East and North Africa region to embark on such an initiative. The pledge was announced at Expo 2020 on Thursday by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, who said: “We pledge to seize the opportunity to consolidate our leadership on climate change. in our region and seize this key economic opportunity to drive development, growth and job creation as we pivot our economy and our country towards net zero. “

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also tweeted his joy at the UAE’s commitment: “I welcome the UAE’s announcement of its intention to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 I look forward to the UAE submitting a new climate action plan in line with this ambitious vision and encouraging other Gulf States to follow suit ahead of COP26. ”

COP26 President Alok Sharma tweeted: “I am delighted that the UAE has announced that it will achieve net zero carbon by 2050. As the first net zero carbon commitment in the Gulf, it is this is a historic announcement. “

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