Qatar calls for accelerated actions to tackle climate change

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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During the UN Security Council’s open debate on climate and security, Qatar highlighted the need to mobilize efforts, take urgent measures, and show more political will to face the challenges due to climate change and natural disasters.

The permanent representative of Qatar to the UN Ambassador, HE Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani stated that such challenges can create threats to global peace and security and are an obstacle to achieving sustainable development goals.

The statement sheds light on various measures taken by Qatar at the national level to face the threat posed by climate change, stressing that the country has never failed to play its role as an active partner in the international community in addressing the effects of climate change.

Further, the statement added that the year 2012 represented an important milestone for the country’s leading role in this framework, through its hosting and active participation in the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP18).

In the context of the unique vulnerability of small island developing states and least developed countries in facing the challenges associated with climate change, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani announced Qatar’s contribution of $100 million for the support of small developing island states and the least developed states, during the Climate Action Summit in 2019.

The efforts taken by Qatar Fund for Development to mobilize support to confront climate change and promote green growth in these countries were also highlighted. The statement also drew attention to Qatar’s steps in reporting its nationally determined contributions, which give a transparent picture of the approach and actions taken and reflect the level of ambition that the country seeks to achieve regarding the issue of adaptation to climate change and mitigate its effects.

Further, the statement expressed Qatar’s pride in hosting the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, from January 23 to 27 of 2022, which will result in the Doha Work Program.

It stressed that climate change will undoubtedly be one of the most prominent issues raised, and will occupy a prominent place in the conference, expressing Qatar’s aspiration that this conference will provide a vital opportunity to shed light on innovative plans and solutions to combat climate change.

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