The UAE is participating in the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, leads the UAE delegation, which also includes Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment and other dignitaries.
According to the state news agency, W.A.M.Almheiri highlighted the UAE’s efforts in sustainable development, climate action and food security at the global gathering which ends on September 27, exploring new synergies in this space with other countries in the world. approaching the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) which the UAE will host in 2023.
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At the event, the UAE joined the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) to End Plastic Pollution, which aims to eliminate plastic pollution by 2040.
Launched in August, the body is working to develop an ambitious international instrument based on a comprehensive approach that guarantees urgent action and effective interventions throughout the life cycle of plastics.
Almheiri attended the first in-person meeting of the international HAC for Nature and People steering committee, co-chaired by France, the UK and Costa Rica, which reviewed the implementation of the target to designate 30% of land and the Earth’s oceans. as protected areas by 2030. She shared the expectations of the United Arab Emirates for the upcoming 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15) which aims to finalize the global biodiversity framework for the post-2020.
Almheiri said: “The UAE is proud to be a member of the HAC to End Plastic Pollution, whose goal aligns with the country’s commitment to tackle pollution on all fronts and reduce its negative impact on the environment. To address the root causes of plastic pollution, our government, in partnership with the private sector, is taking action to shift to a more circular plastics economy and adopt environmentally responsible waste management solutions.
She added: “We are committed to supporting the coalition’s efforts to develop a global roadmap applying an inclusive, sustainable, systematic and circular approach throughout the plastics life cycle. This includes maximizing resource efficiency in the production of plastics, increasing the supply of recyclable plastics, increasing recycled content, promoting responsible consumption of plastics and implementing environmentally friendly management and recycling of plastic waste.
The Minister called on all countries to work towards the prevention, reduction and elimination of plastic pollution, and to strengthen regional and global cooperation in this regard.
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Almheiri also gave the keynote speech at the first consultation on “Priorities and Potential of Food Systems and Agriculture”, co-organized by the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), the office of the UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change and the Food Action Alliance on the sidelines of the UNGA. The session brought together agriculture and food systems stakeholders from around the world to shape expectations around the role that food security and climate-smart agriculture will play at COP28.
In addition, the Minister shared the UAE’s experience in building resilience in all aspects during a panel discussion on “Joining the Effort to Boost Global Resilience”, organized by the Consortium for Resilience of the World Economic Forum (WEF) within the framework of the meetings on the impact of sustainable development of the WEF.