By EDD K. USMAN, SDN, Twitter @edd1819, Instagram @bluestar0910, Facebook: SDN — Science, Digital & Current Affairs
THE Arab State of Qatar has contributed US$100 million to address the impact of climate change.
His Highness Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani announced his country’s contribution at the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019 held in New York, United States, on September 23.
Qatar’s contributions, the Emir/Amir said, will go to small developing island states as well as to the less developed states to help them address climate change, natural hazards, environmental challenges, and to build their capacity to mitigate their destructive effects.
The summit is part of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York City.
Al Thani spoke before the summit. He said Qatar’s contribution is in line with its being an active partner.
“Within the framework of the State of Qatar’s keenness to assume its role as an active partner with the international community, I announce the State of Qatar’s contribution of an amount of $100 million for the support of small developing island states and the least developed states to deal with the climate change, natural hazards, environmental challenges, and to build the capacity to counter their destructive effects,” the emir said.
Al Thani thanked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the summit’s organization.
The Emir described climate change as a phenomenon that “is undoubtedly one of the serious challenges of our time.”
He added that climate change is a problem that continuously gets worse as it causes several problems that “intertwine in their economic, environmental and social dimensions and have very serious negative repercussions on life, including human life and on both developed and developing countries alike, especially on the tracks of the sustainable development which all peoples aspire to.”
The Emir emphasized the urgency of cooperation among members of the international community in the face of the “serious phenomenon” that is climate change, “and double efforts to confront it and reduce its repercussions.”
He cited as example the destruction in the Bahamas wrought by Hurricane Durian, leaving a trail of suffering among the people of the island. Al Thani said the devastation all the more calls for international cooperation.
“All states must fulfill their responsibilities and honor their commitments which international agreements have established to this effect,” the Qatari leader pointed out.
Meanwhile, Qatar has not been remiss in its responsibilities towards its being an active member of the international community.
Among these initiatives of the Qatari government, as indicated by the Emir, in the international level in confronting the impact of climate change included hosting in 2012 the 18th Session of the Conference of State Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Doha Carbon and Energy Forum; Qatar is also sparing no effort in ensuring the success of negotiations of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.
Qatar has also put in place many measures in the national level anchored on its Vision 2030 towards developing technologies that take into consideration climate change and the adoption of clean energy by way of optimal use of water aimed at reducing the loss desalinated water, encouraging recycling and reuse of water, improving air quality, promoting the efficiency of using gas and energy, waste recycling, and increasing green spaces.
“In the same context, and to achieve our long-term environmental goals, the State of Qatar has prepared a set of fixed goals, the most important of which are those related to renewable energy to generating 200 megawatts from solar energy within the next two years which will increase to 500 megawatts afterwards, and we are seeking to regulate carbon pricing as a means of reducing emissions and driving investments towards cleaner options,” said the Emir.
As the State of Qatar is the host of FIFA World Cup 2022, Al Thani emphasized his country is committed to organizing an environment-friendly tournament and the first ‘carbon neutral. tournament through the use of solar-powered stadiums and the use of cooling and lighting technology that is water- and energy-saving.” (SDN)
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