The Environment Public Authority and the Regional Office of the United Nations Environment Program for Western Asia (ROWA) signed a four-year memorandum of understanding, in addition to four cooperation agreements, with the aim of intensifying efforts to protect the environment in the State of Kuwait, to confront climate change, combat pollution, sustainable production and consumption, and others.
One of the priority environmental issues in Kuwait, according to a local Arabic daily, is that the memorandum reflects the common priorities of both the program and the authority, especially since the role of the program supports the environmental agenda, at the national level, with international expertise.
The sources added that the program will prepare a national low-carbon strategy for the State of Kuwait, in line with Kuwait’s 2050 vision, and thus reduce the country’s carbon footprint by 2050.
As for sustainable production and consumption, the program will provide technical support for the preparation of a national plan of action for sustainable consumption and production, after the results of the assessment on sustainable consumption and production in Kuwait were approved, which was completed last year with the authority. The program will also work with the authority to prepare the first report on the state of the environment in Kuwait.
After the signing, the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director-General of the Authority, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ahmad, said that the memorandum of cooperation is the second to be signed with the United Nations Program, with the aim of qualifying expertise and supporting endeavors to achieve the desired environmental goals.
He explained that the agreements will reflect positively on Kuwait’s global vision, such as the climate agreement, chemical safety and others, noting that through environmental programs, aspects of cooperation with waste and emissions from factories and oil refineries will be considered.
For his part, the Director and Regional Representative of the United Nations Environment Program for West Asia, Sami Dimassi, said in a similar statement that the cooperation comes to intensify Kuwaiti environmental efforts, indicating that the memorandum reflects the joint priorities of both the program and the authority, especially the role of the program in supporting the environmental agenda at the national level and with its international expertise.
The three priorities of the program include:
1 – Reducing the country’s carbon footprint by 2050
2 – A national plan of action for sustainable consumption and production
3 – Preparing the first report on the state of the environment in the State of Kuwait