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UAE, Italy sign agreement on sustainable development cooperation

The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea of Italy have signed an MoU to enhance cooperation on climate action

| | Sep 25, 2018 | 4:54 pm
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New York, USA, 25 September 2018: On the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea of Italy signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation in the area of sustainable development, the former ministry announced in a Press communiqué.

The agreement, inked by Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates, and Sergio Costa, Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea, Italy, will reinforce synergies between the two countries in the fields of climate action and environmental sustainability, the communiqué said.

The MoU mandates the United Arab Emirates and Italy to formulate and implement policies to support economic diversification and sustainable development, the communiqué said. In addition, the two countries will identify and leverage new opportunities and tools to achieve sustainability in urban planning and land development, construction, transport, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and resource-efficient and clean production, the communiqué further said. Other areas of collaboration covered in the agreement include the adoption of practical solutions in sustainable farming, fisheries, food processing, landscaping, biodiversity conservation in hyper-arid environments, tourism, air quality and noise monitoring and control, chemicals management and waste management, the communiqué also said. The two countries also resolved to encourage the participation of the private sector in climate action through public-private partnerships, the communiqué added.

Speaking on the MoU, Dr Al Zeyoudi said: “The United Arab Emirates enjoys long-standing cordial relations with Italy. The agreement builds on these strong ties as we join forces in identifying and implementing climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. As parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, our two countries realise that collective action has great advantages in the fight against climate change.”

Commenting on the agreement, Sergio Costa said: “With this MoU, Italy and the United Arab Emirates set out on a common path to achieve the shared goal of environmental sustainability.”

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