UAE COP28 President Dr. Sultan Al Jaber addressed Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week
In the event of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber appreciated the UAE in tackling challenges and calls for climate solidarity. He stated that “The UAE has always been ahead of future despite having risen to challenges. The transformational progress that was achieved in only 50 years has been driven by the principle and practice of genuine partnership.
The UAE always produced great leaders with leadership that put the wealth of the nation in the health of the nation, balanced economic growth with environmental responsibility, and put climate action at the heart of our development strategy. With a focus on looking to the future and investing in innovation, Dr. Al Jaber noted, “Before anyone in this region saw a future in renewable, the UAE saw them as the future.
“When people questioned our ability to deliver on the promise of Masdar, we focused and stayed the course. Before others decarbonizes, we embedded sustainability into our hydrocarbon operations.
We will continue to invest in the clean energies of tomorrow as we drive down the carbon footprint of the energy the world needs today.
“For us, sustainable development is about never settling for the now. It’s always about the next. Because next never stops.”
Recognizing the progress the world has made, Al Jaber said: “We’re playing catch-up in our efforts to keep 1.5 alive. We need to reverse emissions while moving economies forward, enable an inclusive and just transition that leaves no-one behind.
“That’s why we are determined to make COP28 a COP for all, a COP of action. A COP where the Global North and Global South really listen to each other.
“A COP where we move from goals to getting it done across mitigation, adaptation and loss and damage. And a COP where we deliver a new deal on climate finance.”
He added: “The road to net zero represents the biggest market transformation with the greatest economic promise since the First Industrial Revolution. A low carbon pathway to a high growth destination with inclusive progress for all.”
Dr. Al Jaber pointed to the winners of this year’s Zayed Sustainability Prize as a source of inspiration, noting that driving inclusive progress is at the heart of the prize. “The Prize has been empowering positive change-makers for 15 years. Their initiatives are changing lives from Asia to Africa, from the Caribbean to the Pacific. So let us take inspiration and hope from them,” he said.
In his closing remarks, Al Jaber said, “As we prepare to host COP 28 in November, I ask myself: can the world come together to meet the urgency of this moment? Can the world cut emissions in half in the next seven years? My answer is Yes.
“I believe in the power of human progress. I believe in the power of our leadership’s vision for progress through partnership.“I believe that together, we can turn the greatest challenge we face into the opportunity of our lifetimes.
Al Jaber concluded “Let me extend an open invitation. Cooperate, collaborate, share your ideas and let’s put the principle of partnership into practice. Let’s make practical real progress, because next never stops. Now is the time to unite. Now is the time to act. This is the time to turn rhetoric into tangible results.”