The UAE and Italy held a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly to sign a memorandum of understanding for improving cooperation in the field of sustainable development.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, the UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment and Sergio Costa, the Italian Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea. Representing their respective countries and ministries, both ministers signed the deal which will reinforce the cooperation between the nations in the areas of environmental sustainability and climate action.
According to the MoU, Italy and the UAE will have to develop and deploy policies that can support sustainable development and diversification. Additionally, both nations will be identifying and leveraging new tools and opportunities for achieving sustainability in various areas. They include land development, urban planning, transport, construction, energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean production.
Some of the other areas that were covered in this deal include the implementation of practical solutions in fisheries, sustainable farming, landscaping, and biodiversity conservation among other things. Both nations have also agreed to encourage the private sector to participate in climate action by means of public-private partnerships.
Dr. Al Zeyoudi stated that the United Arab Emirates and Italy share long and cordial relations in a variety of sectors. This MoU builds on those strong relations as they join forces in the identification and implementation of climate change mitigation as well as adaption actions.
Both of these nations are signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change along with the Paris Agreement and Kyoto Protocol. As such, they have realized that collective action will provide greater advantages in combatting climate change.