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Qatar’s Emir commits $100M to climate change

October 01, 2019

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Thani has committed $100 million in support of small developing island states and the least developed states to deal with climate change, natural hazards and environmental changes, and to build the capacity to counter their destructive effects.

He made the commitment at a speech at the United Nations Climate Summit held at the agency’s headquarters in New York City last week.

The 2019 Climate Action Summit was convened by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres where Thani participated at the summit’s Climate Finance and Carbon Pricing Coalition and announced the $100-million climate aid in the presence of France’s President Emmanuel Macron and Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

GREEN CRUSADER The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 24, 2019. AP PHOTO

The fund is an aid to developing nations to combat climate change for mitigation and align private and public finance with Paris Agreement Goals.

“The phenomenon of climate change is undoubtedly one of the serious challenges of our time. It is a problem that is continuously exacerbating and causing many problems which intertwine in their economic, environmental and social dimensions and have very serious negative repercussions on all forms of life including human life and on both developed and developing countries alike, especially on the tracks of the sustainable development which all peoples aspire to,” said Thani, who in a bold step will use solar power in the staging of the World Cup FIFA in Qatar.

Thani said, as host country of FIFA World Cup 2022, they are committed to organizing an environment-friendly tournament and the first “carbon neutral” tournament through the use of solar-powered stadiums and the use of cooling and lighting technology that is water and energy-saving.

These climate change support programs are happening following the successful 2012 18th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Doha Carbon and Energy Forum in 2013.

Sheik Thani also explained the Qatar Sovereign Wealth Fund, which was designed to promote and encourage green investments activities in line with Qatar’s vision to check air quality, a program to significantly cut carbon dioxide emission by 2030.

“This serious phenomenon makes it incumbent upon the international community to cooperate and double efforts to confront it and reduce its repercussions. It is sufficient for us to look at the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and the suffering of its population to realize the dire need for such cooperation,” the Sheik said.

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