UAE Participates in High-Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution

UAE Participates | The alliance supporting the eradication of plastic pollution by 2040 now includes the UAE, which is present at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.

The UAE is taking part in the UNGA’s 77th session, which is taking place in New York. The UAE delegation, which also includes Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment, and other dignitaries, is being led by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

In the run-up to the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28), which the UAE will host in 2023, Almheiri emphasised the UAE’s efforts in sustainable development, climate action, and food security at the global meet that concludes on September 27, according to the state news agency WAM.

Plastic Pollution

The UAE joined the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) to End Plastic Pollution during the event, which has as its goal the abolition of plastic pollution by the year 2040.

The organisation, which was established in August, is tasked with creating a comprehensive international instrument that would enable prompt action and successful interventions across the whole lifespan of plastics.

Almheiri attended the first meeting of the HAC for Nature and People International Steering Committee that was held in person.

The meeting, which was co-chaired by France, the UK, and Costa Rica, looked at how the target of designating 30% of the Earth’s land and ocean area as protected areas by 2030 was being carried out.

She discussed the UAE’s hopes for the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD COP15) forthcoming 15th summit, which aims to complete the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

“The UAE is happy to be a member of the HAC to End Plastic Pollution, whose goal matches with the country’s commitment to tackling pollution on all fronts and decreasing its detrimental effects on the environment,” Almheiri said.

Our government, working with the corporate sector, is taking steps to move toward a more circular plastics economy and embrace eco-friendly waste management techniques in order to address the underlying causes of plastic pollution.

We are committed to helping the coalition develop a worldwide roadmap that applies an all-inclusive, sustainable, orderly, and circular approach across the complete lifetime of plastics, she continued.

This entails maximising resource efficiency in the manufacture of plastics, increasing the supply of recyclable plastics, raising the percentage of recycled material, encouraging responsible plastic usage, and adopting environmentally friendly waste management and recycling practises.

In addition, Almheiri gave the opening remarks at the first consultation on “Food Systems and Agriculture Priorities and Potential,” which was co-hosted by the Food Action Alliance, the Office of the UAE’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) on the sidelines of the UNGA.

In order to establish expectations for the role food security and climate-smart agriculture would play at COP28, the workshop brought together stakeholders from the global agricultural and food systems.

The minister also spoke at a roundtable with the subject “Joining the Effort to Drive Global Resilience” that was held as a part of the WEF’s Sustainable Development Impact Meetings. The discussion was organised by the WEF Resilience Consortium.

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