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Amir says Kuwait ‘committed’ to intl fight against climate change
November 16, 2016, 8:45 am
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His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Tuesday reiterated Kuwait’s commitment to joining in supporting the efforts exerted by the UN to combat the phenomenon of climate change. Addressing the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as COP 22, held in Marrakech, Morocco, His Highness the Amir said Kuwait has participated effectively and constantly in the negotiations aiming to limit the negative impact of this phenomenon, based upon the principles and provisions and the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the subsequent provisions until the Paris Agreement, since they constitute the legally binding instruments and the basis of joint cooperation.

His Highness the Amir called for taking into consideration, the disparity in shouldering the burden, the inequalities in capacities and the levels of sustainable development in the developing nations. He went on saying: “Coming a few days after the entry into force of the Paris Agreement, our meeting today on this important international occasion, with such prestigious level of participation; is proof of Moroccan King Mohammad VI’s concern to achieve what we aspire for, in addressing the phenomenon of climate change in a diligent manner, and realizing the magnitude of the challenges faced by our planet and its environment, reflect our earnest pursuit to reform the climate system and protect our planet and its environment, until it regains its natural balance.”

“In abiding by its international commitments, my country Kuwait, has voluntarily put well-studied plans, based on scientific and economic research, within its available possibilities, to rehabilitate its oil installations, as its oil sector seeks to adopt a new strategy, founded on scientific and economic grounds, that aim to limit emissions, in addition to establishing mechanisms to improve energy efficiency, without jeopardizing its essential interests and its commitments to developing clean industry, while taking into consideration how to take advantage of the programs and the mechanisms established in the Framework of the Agreement,” His Highness the Amir noted.

Furthermore, the State of Kuwait is voluntarily seeking to introduce renewable energy resources in its development plans, to ensure a sustainable supply of energy for future generations, and as part of its contribution to limiting the emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, as well as joining in the efforts of the international community to protect the climate system for present and future generations, he added. “In this context, I would like to assure you that we are about to complete the constitutional procedures for the ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change,” he said.

“With much hope, we look forward to seeing the global consciousness and awareness that we have sensed in the cooperation to limit the effects of climate change, reflect on the Marrakech Conference, to constitute a turning point in addressing the impact of that phenomenon, and work towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement, through the adoption of resolutions for the phase preceding 2020 and beyond, in view of the amendments introduced and approved at the Doha Conference and to implement the items of the Paris Agreement,” His Highness the Amir added.

“My country Kuwait, also hopes that the developed countries will adhere to their pioneering role in reducing emissions, and assisting the developing countries, by making resources available to finance the transfer of technology, building capacities, as well as adapting to the negative effects resulting from climate change, and the negative effects arising from the response measures to reduce the impact of climate change, particularly the countries whose economies depend on the production and export of fossil fuels, as their main and only income,” he noted.

In conclusion, His Highness the Amir wished that the conference would be successful, and extended sincere thanks and gratitude to the Moroccan King, government and people for the warm welcome and generous hospitality.

Source: KUNA

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