Pakistan and UAE sign agreement at COP26 to boost climate action
Pakistan and the UAE signed an MoU to enhance cooperation in the fields of climate change mitigation and adaptation and environmental protection.
Pakistan’s Minister for Climate Change and Special Assistant to PM Malik Amin Aslam and UAE’s Minister of Climate Change and the Environment Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri signed the agreement on the sidelines of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).
The focus areas of cooperation include environment and climate change, renewable energy, climate-smart agriculture, drought management, and environmental education and capacity building.
Amin Aslam said “We are pleased to take our already strong bilateral ties with the UAE to new heights. Through the agreement, we hope to drive joint efforts in safeguarding terrestrial and marine environments and fight climate change through upscaling mitigation and adaptation measures.” The MoU “will enable us to capitalize on successful experiences and models in climate-smart agriculture, renewable energy solutions, and scientific research to build a better future for the current and next generations,” he added.
Almheiri said, “The UAE is keen to build bridges of cooperation with all countries in the face of global challenges, and views multilateral diplomacy as a strategic priority of its future agenda.”
She added that “The UAE and Pakistan enjoy long-standing collaboration across multiple sectors, such as education, health, energy, infrastructure development, food security, and the environment. The new MoU will help us tackle climate change together through boosting mitigation and adaptation capabilities and conserving environmental resources and biodiversity.”