Ahead of COP 28, MENA Climate Week showcases regional technologies and initiatives | News | Knowledge Center for Sustainable Development Goals

The Middle East and North Africa Climate Week (MENACW) reviewed innovative efforts and technologies that position countries in the MENA region as incubators for progress in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and prioritize a comprehensive approach that leaves no segment of society behind. Countries also announced several major initiatives to advance global climate goals.

the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) The summary report of the meeting cites the chair-designate of the twenty-eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 28), Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, United Arab Emirates, and Chairman of the Masdar Clean Energy Company, who said “we cannot decouple the “Energy today before building tomorrow’s system.” To make real progress on climate action, he said, “we must separate facts from fiction, reality from fiction, and influence from ideology.” those words, scold Feedback sets the tone for the discussions that take place throughout the week.

Focusing on the Middle East and North Africa region, participants discussed fair and equitable energy transitions, economic diversification, and inclusive financing to achieve climate goals, as well as climate adaptation strategies. Country declarations to promote climate action included:

  • Greenhouse Gas Recording and Balancing Mechanism in Saudi Arabia (GCOM);
  • The roadmap to reach the Saudi Green Initiative’s goal of planting 10 billion trees; And
  • The Empower Africa Initiative, which builds on the Clean Fuel Solutions for Cooking programme.

The MENA region’s four thematic tracks for climate change are covered: energy systems and industry; Cities, urban and rural settlements, infrastructure and transport; Land, oceans, food and water; communities, health, livelihoods and economies. Satellite events, side events, interactive action centers, a global dialogue to assess the situation in the MENA region, a Gulf Cooperation Council roundtable, and a League of Arab States roundtable to discuss expectations from COP 28 were also held.

The outcomes of the 2023 Middle East and North Africa Children’s Conference will contribute to the preparation of a high-level statement that will be presented to the President and Prime Ministers of the twenty-eighth session of the Conference of the Parties.

The second Middle East and North Africa Childhood Conference (MENACW) was held from 8 to 12 October 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is organized by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the World Bank Group, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), and the International Renewable Energy Agency ( IRENA), and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission. for West Asia (ESCWA), and the League of Arab States. (ENB’s coverage of Climate Week in the MENA region)

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