On Sunday, starting from political leaders to green energy experts and even the head of the United Nations will come to Abu Dhabi to build up efforts to deal with the “defining issue of our time”.
Over 1,000 attendees are anticipated to be present in the capital for the Abu Dhabi Climate Meeting with topics under discussion consisting of threats to human health and the economic benefits of handling the issue.
Speaking on 26th June ahead of the big event, Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment, he stated that it was an advantage to partner with the UN at such a crucial time. He stated that all of us are aware of the threat of climate change and the issue is a serious one. The issue demands international cooperation and multilateral climate action.
Previously, climate change used to be about environment but now it’s also about people. Therefore, the UAE is respected to serve as the host for such noteworthy discussion.
Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the UN, hosted the two-day event to lay the foundation for September’s UN climate summit – and summon global political leaders to face the matter head on and enforce the Paris deal.
The Paris deal looks forward to keep any increase in global temperatures to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to restrict the increase to 1.5°C and Sunday’s meeting will draft the agenda for September’s summit.
However, across the globe, the situation is grave. The UN has cautioned that the world faces increases of more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels in a decade if there is no change to how they are living. Sea levels are rising, droughts commonplace and the lives of millions of people are imperiled. Mr Al Zeyoudi stated that political leaders were well-aware of the seriousness of the situation. However, the UAE has started the fight back, by starting awareness campaigns, improving education and starting the switch to renewable.