Bahrain committed to joining global actions for environmental and climate security: HM King Hamad
TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Bahrain has reaffirmed its commitment to addressing environmental challenges and contributing to global climate security. This was emphasised by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa as he delivered a speech yesterday at the World Climate Action Summit, part of the 28th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties To the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) held in Dubai, UAE.
In the speech, HM the King announced the National Action Plan, “Blueprint Bahrain”, to achieve carbon neutrality. “Blueprint Bahrain” focuses on achieving carbon neutrality through three key tracks: developing a low-carbon economy, adapting to climate change, and creating sustainable opportunities in the green economy.
“Within this framework, we have recently launched a national energy strategy, and a 750 million dollar climate technology fund, in addition to the establishment of the “Safa” carbon offsetting platform, the revenues of which will be directed to finance regional and international projects in this field,” HM King Hamad noted.
His Majesty extended an invitation to scientists and entrepreneurs to explore Bahrain’s integrated infrastructure, responsive systems, and skilled human resources, encouraging them to innovate in energy solutions and their potential.
He highlighted the Kingdom’s initiatives to enhance environmental security in the region and the world, and reiterated its dedication to the Paris Agreement and its efforts to reduce emissions by 30% by 2035, ultimately aiming for net-zero emissions by 2060.
The conference, meticulously organised to the highest standards, aims to follow up on joint commitments and pledges to create a healthier and more sustainable future. It emphasised the importance of international cooperation and the values of justice and shared determination in achieving environmental security.
“We therefore express our full support for the “COP28 Declaration on Climate, Relief, Recovery and Peace”, which we hope will contribute to the establishment of a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East region and the world, prioritising the urgent need for the Palestinian people to be guaranteed the most basic elements of a decent life while eliminating the reasons for conflict, ending the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip, and putting serious efforts into rebuilding Gaza in preparation for the establishment of their independent state in accordance with the two-state solution,” His Majesty said.
Bahrain commended the UAE for its pioneering efforts in supporting international commitments to achieve climate goals. It recognised the UAE’s commitment to inclusive policies that consider all regions and promote global cooperation in addressing environmental challenges.