Alok Sharma visits Saudi to discuss climate action

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This included accelerating climate action in the 2020s and submitting ambitious 2030 targets for reducing emissions ahead of COP26, aligned with keeping the 1.5 degree limit temperature increases in reach…reports Asian Lite News.

COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma is on a visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss ramping up global action on climate change ahead of the vital UN Climate Change talks in Glasgow this November.

Sharma is set to meet with ministers including the Minister for Energy, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman and the Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Fadly. He will also meet with business leaders and civil society to discuss international collaboration on the transition to net zero by the middle of the century.

In a press statement, the UK government said it is keen to build on commitments made during the recent G20 Environmental Ministerial in Naples where ministers agreed to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement.

This included accelerating climate action in the 2020s and submitting ambitious 2030 targets for reducing emissions ahead of COP26, aligned with keeping the 1.5 degree limit temperature increases in reach.

On his visit, Sharma is expected to encourage Saudi Arabia to build on recent progress on climate issues, including the Kingdom’s Green Initiative, and projects to support coral reef survival and address land degradation, to chart a path towards a sustainable and inclusive recovery from Covid-19.

“I am delighted to be in Riyadh to build on a strong, modern partnership with Saudi Arabia to address the global threat of climate change,” Sharma said ahead of the visit.

“The launch of the Saudi Green Initiative and Middle East Green Initiative was an important step as we look to accelerate climate action ahead of COP26 and the UK welcomes Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 for creating a more diverse and sustainable economy.”

“Indeed, climate action can pave the way to an exciting vision of our future that is good for the planet and the economy, as the plans for the green city of Neom and sustainable development for tourism on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast show,” he stated.

“But we must act now to reduce emissions throughout the next ten years and to reach net zero by the middle of the century, allowing us to build a greener, prosperous and more inclusive future and avoid the catastrophic impacts of climate change,” he added.

COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma is on a visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss ramping up global action on climate change ahead of the vital UN Climate Change talks in Glasgow this November.

Sharma is set to meet with ministers including the Minister for Energy, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman and the Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Fadly. He will also meet with business leaders and civil society to discuss international collaboration on the transition to net zero by the middle of the century.

In a press statement, the UK government said it is keen to build on commitments made during the recent G20 Environmental Ministerial in Naples where ministers agreed to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement.

This included accelerating climate action in the 2020s and submitting ambitious 2030 targets for reducing emissions ahead of COP26, aligned with keeping the 1.5 degree limit temperature increases in reach.

On his visit, Sharma is expected to encourage Saudi Arabia to build on recent progress on climate issues, including the Kingdom’s Green Initiative, and projects to support coral reef survival and address land degradation, to chart a path towards a sustainable and inclusive recovery from Covid-19.

“I am delighted to be in Riyadh to build on a strong, modern partnership with Saudi Arabia to address the global threat of climate change,” Sharma said ahead of the visit.

“The launch of the Saudi Green Initiative and Middle East Green Initiative was an important step as we look to accelerate climate action ahead of COP26 and the UK welcomes Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 for creating a more diverse and sustainable economy.”

“Indeed, climate action can pave the way to an exciting vision of our future that is good for the planet and the economy, as the plans for the green city of Neom and sustainable development for tourism on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast show,” he stated.

“But we must act now to reduce emissions throughout the next ten years and to reach net zero by the middle of the century, allowing us to build a greener, prosperous and more inclusive future and avoid the catastrophic impacts of climate change,” he added.

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