Saturday 04-03-2023 21:22 pm
Libreville, 4th March, 2023 (WAM) — Razan Al Mubarak, President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Senior UN Climate Change Advocate, COP28, has highlighted the importance the UAE attaches to accelerating the adoption of “pragmatic approaches to combat biodiversity loss and climate change.” solution”.
Speaking at the One Forest Summit in Libreville, Gabon, in the presence of Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba and French President Emmanuel Macron, Mubarak said, “We recognize Forests for nature, people, the economy, common humanity, and as a primary solution to climate change. We also recognize that there is no Paris Agreement without protecting, restoring, sustaining and managing nature.”
Al Mubarak highlighted bold initiatives such as “Active Conservation Partnerships”, the type of initiatives “that the UAE wants to demonstrate and promote as concrete examples that we desperately need”.
Al Mubarak spoke of the idea of inclusion, which is driving the planning and execution of all initiatives at COP28: “At COP28, we are putting nature and inclusion at the heart of our agenda. COP28 will be a COP for action, it will It is a COP in which the Global South will be front and center.”
“We cannot protect nature without indigenous peoples. We cannot achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement without youth and funding,” she added.
Mubarak stressed that the needs and legitimate concerns of developing countries rich in natural resources “need not only to be heard, but should be at the heart of the solutions we choose to adopt together.”
“This is the decade in which we must reverse biodiversity loss, reduce emissions, address resilience, and promote equity, and we must do it all at the same time. To do this, we need to unlock trillions of dollars. We must remember that this is not only It’s not just about the quantity of money, it’s about the quality of the money, making sure the money and its intent goes to the right place and to the right people.”
“As Senior Advocate and IUCN Chair, I am committed to accelerating the adoption of pragmatic solutions to combat biodiversity loss and climate change,” concluded Al Mubarak.