'No nation immune from climate change effects'
Abu Dhabi - UAE delegation led by minister Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber to attend Paris summit.
A delegation from the UAE will attend the highly anticipated 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, France.
The UAE delegation is led by Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and the Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change.
The UAE will join more than 190 nations to discuss - and potentially agree upon - a binding universal agreement to tackle the threat of climate change.
Members of the UAE delegation include representatives from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Masdar, Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Environment and Water, National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology, General Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai Carbon Center for Excellence, and Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi.
"No nation is immune from the effects of climate change," said Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber.
"The Paris negotiations offer an unprecedented opportunity for the world to unify around a common cause, and to ultimately, secure a sustainable and low-carbon future.
"We are optimistic that these negotiations will result in a binding agreement, creating a pathway forward to address climate change," said Dr. Al Jaber.
"Climate action is not a zero-sum scenario. By working together, we can simultaneously achieve economic growth and protect the environment."
UN negotiations stem back to 1992, and for the first time in more than 20 years, the gathering in Paris aims to reach a binding, universal agreement applicable to all countries that combats climate change in an effort to avoid a temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius. The climate negotiations are expected to attract 50,000 participants, and more than 25,000 official delegates.
To date, more than 160 countries, including the UAE, have submitted national action plans aimed at addressing climate change, carbon emissions and related factors. The final day of the Paris COP21 is December 11, when the outcomes of the negotiations are expected to be made public.-Wam