CAN International Director Underlines Qatar’s Keenness to Address Climate Change

Doha, November 14 (QNA) – Director of the Climate Action Network (CAN – International) Wael Hmaidan highlighted the importance of holding the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 18) in Doha, saying that it underlines the keenness of Qatar and its civil society to address the problem of climate change and to avoid its negative effects that threaten the life on earth.
Addressing a press conference and a seminar held Tuesday evening at Friends of the Environment Centre, Hmaidan stressed the need for the political will of the countries of the world which should carry its responsibilities to confront the phenomenon of climate change and its bad consequences.
He called on the Arab countries to have more effective roles in addressing the climate change problem and to put it among its top political priorities.
He noted that most of the developed and developing countries have put targets to reduce the rates of greenhouse gas emissions which caused climate change and by 2020, adding that Arab states should do the same thing to emphasize its seriousness in tackling the problem of climate change.
Meanwhile, Hmaidan hailed the Arab countries and their civil societies for taking part in all climate change conferences and negotiations in any part of the world, which confirms their commitment and seriousness, and restore confidence in their role and contributions in the face of the threat of climate change.
Wael Hmaidan, Director of the Climate Action Network (CAN – International), renewed his call for concerted efforts of all world countries to tackle the phenomenon and the risk of the climate change, as this problem is a real challenge facing the world and threatening the future of humanity and the lives of future generations.
Hmaidan said that the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 18) in Doha draw a road map to help the world to reach a comprehensive agreement on climate change by 2015, stressing at the same time that the Doha conference is important in this regard.
 He reviewed the economic and environmental direct impacts of the climate change in many parts of the world and on the future of the coming generations as well as its impacts on the development paths and others, calling on everyone to contribute effectively in reducing greenhouse gases that cause climate change problem and agree on a specific mechanism in this regard.
  The International Director of the Climate Action Network warned that greenhouse gases raise the temperature of the earth by1.2%, urging to prevent temperature increase to more than two degrees Celsius (2 C). If this happens, it will lead by the end of this century to food and water sufficient for only about two billion people, while the world’s population now topped seven billion, he added.
He noted that the political and economic analyzes suggest that climatic changes will cause conflicts that may turn into a third world war.
Hmaidan reviewed the role of the International Network in the climate change conferences since its inception in 1989, indicating that it is working on the coordination between civil society in such negotiations, so it will have one non-governmental opinion in these conferences in order to affect and contribute to reach the desired results as well as to give a clear image to the public and the media about what is going on inside these meetings. 
For his part, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Friends of the Environment Centre Dr. Saif Ali Al Hajari stressed during the seminar the importance of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 18) in Doha for the future of humanity and the generations.
 Dr. Saif Ali Al Hajari called everyone on the earth to work on maintaining God’s bounties and respect them, stressing that such meetings and events will highlight also the role of civil society, individuals and organizations, on the issue of improving people’s behavior towards the environment and enrich their culture, and this is the role played by the Friends of the Environment Centre.
He also noted to the need to educate young people, families and communities to protect the environment and its various components, emphasizing that the Islamic nation has a valuable message toward the environment.
It should be noted that Wael Hmaidan will hold a series of workshops in Doha in order to increase public awareness of environmental affairs before the start of the UN Conference on Climate Change due to be held in Doha from November 26 to December 7.
  Through the workshops, Humaidan will define a range of issues to the participants, including the role of the community in the fight against greenhouse gases and the movements against climate change, especially Arab ones, in addition to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 18).
The sessions of the Climate Change Conference COP18/CMP8, to be held at Qatar National Convention Centre, affirms the commitment of the State of Qatar to take the necessary actions on the climate change issues. (QNA)

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