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UAE lays out priorities for sustainable development at UN High-Level Political Forum

UAE lays out priorities for sustainable development at UN High-Level Political Forum
10 July 2024 21:35

NEW YORK (ALETIHAD)

A delegation from the UAE on Tuesday presented the country’s strategic vision for renewable energy and climate action in the context of accelerating global progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through international partnerships. 

The delegation was participating in the second day of the United Nations (UN) High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, organised by the UN Economic and Social Affairs Department at its headquarters in New York and taking place until July 17.

Representatives from the UAE presented at key sessions highlighting the UAE’s model for facilitating access to energy, eliminating poverty and hunger, and securing a more climate resilient future.

Global Model in Setting Development Priorities
Deputy Minister for Cabinet Affairs for Competitiveness and Knowledge Exchange, and Chair of the UAE National Committee for SDGs, His Excellency Abdullah Nasser Lootah, said the UAE has set a global precedent in identifying development priorities.

These priorities include building sustainable healthcare systems, creating energy and climate solutions, and forging strategic partnerships with countries, governments, UN programmes, and international organisations to support progress on SDGs in line with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

His Excellency said, "The UAE has invested heavily in healthcare, renewable energy, and climate action and began implementing global best practices in sustainable development long back and even before the UN adopted the 17 SDGs in 2016. Today, as we approach the 2030 deadline for achieving SDGs, the UAE continues to intensify partnerships and expand their scopes to boost international efforts.”

"The UAE’s participation at the forum aims to highlight these urgent priorities, especially within developing countries, and explore opportunities to enhance cooperation around SDGs, especially focusing on ending hunger and poverty, accelerating climate mitigation, and supporting peace, justice, and strong institutions. The UAE looks forward to further progress on this path and we firmly believe collaboration is the fastest way to achieve SDGs," His Excellency explained.

Tripling Renewable Energy Capacity
The delegation participated in a session titled “Tripling Renewable Energy Capacity and Accelerating Just Energy Transitions in the Global South,” where Lootah presented the country’s commitment to tripling renewable energy capacity and doubling energy efficiency by 2030, a pledge made by 130 countries at COP28 in Dubai.

Climate and Healthcare 

In cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), the UAE delegation organised a session on mitigating climate change impact and enhancing global healthcare outcomes.

 

  • UAE lays out priorities for sustainable development at UN High-Level Political Forum


During the session, the Assistant Undersecretary for Green Development and Climate Change at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Her Excellency Dr. Alanoud Alhaj, said, "The UAE climate action centres around Sustainable Development Goals that enable access to healthcare, adequate and affordable food, quality education, and increased resource efficiency, among other vital aims. During the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, we stressed that the UAE is committed to ensuring food security for all and remain steadfast in our pursuit of SDG2: Zero Hunger. Through strategic planning, innovative solutions, and international cooperation, we are making tangible progress towards ending hunger, enhancing food security, and promoting sustainable agriculture globally."

“As we navigate the complexities of global warming and environmental degradation, we cannot overlook how these issues impact economic, social, and health-related outcomes. To tackle these, we need a unified strategy for sustainable development. SDG 13 which calls to limit and adapt to climate change is particularly linked with goals that address water scarcity, hunger, health, and economic growth, among others," she added.

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