Abu Dhabi Ascent highlights UAE role: local paper

ABU DHABI: A local newspaper has said that technological research, government policies and a full commitment to renewable energy sources have garnered the U.A.E. a world-recognised reputation for turning back the tide on global warming.

Commenting on Abu Dhabi Ascent, the Gulf News said that the U.A.E. is not unaccustomed to playing host to significant conferences and summits, but the relevance and timeliness of Abu Dhabi Ascent could not be more compelling. In the past few months, scientists have sounded alarm bells that time is running out on halting the devastating effects of climate change, with everyone on the planet being affected negatively by man-effected global warming, the paper pointed out.

Abu Dhabi Ascent is being co-hosted by the UN and the U.A.E. and has been described by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, as one of the most important meetings on climate change in many years.

“The U.A.E. too has taken a leading role; Masdar City is unrivalled in its innovative and technological commitment to creating a carbon-neutral and sustainable urban centre. Technological research, government policies and full commitment to renewable energy sources have garnered the nation a world-recognised reputation for turning back the tide on global warming,” the paper said in its today’s editorial.

And the fact that the summit is being held in the U.A.E. is a tribute to the central role the nation plays in supporting practical solutions and actions to address climate change through strong domestic action, international investment and support for international cooperation. As a young nation, the U.A.E. has built a modern nation in a unique environment, respecting the view of founding father Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan who urged all to “cherish our environment because it is an integral part of our country, our history and our heritage.

” The U.A.E. has been the first in the Middle East to establish conservation areas, highlighting the need to preserve precious natural resources in the desert like water and food. Indeed, with the UAE relying on trade for its food, climate change impacts around the world have a direct impact on the nation, the paper wrote.

Abu Dhabi Ascent is an important recognition in the U.A.E.’s commitment on climate change and that will never change, it concluded.

SOURCE: WAM

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