Saudi Arabia uses Stockholm+50 conference as showcase of its efforts to protect the environment
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Friday highlighted local and global efforts it is making to protect and preserve the environment, including numerous programs and initiatives designed to achieve its national environmental strategy.
This happened during the two-day Stockholm+50 conference, where the Kingdom’s delegation was led by Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli, the Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, and Ali Al-Ghamdi, CEO of the National Center for Environmental Compliance.
Saudi authorities have said that their initiatives are also designed to help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and address the challenges of climate change, while stressing the importance of international cooperation to take the necessary steps to ensure a better future.
The conference, which started on Thursday, was an international meeting convened by the United Nations General Assembly in the Swedish capital under the slogan A healthy planet for the prosperity of all – Our responsibility, our opportunity. It took place 50 years after a first environmental rally in the Swedish capital.
Speaking at the conference, Al-Ghamdi affirmed the Kingdom’s will to do everything possible to achieve the objectives of the country’s national strategy for the environment and its protection. He highlighted the role of the Saudi Green and Middle East Green initiatives in achieving sustainable development and tackling the challenges of climate change.
He said the Kingdom believes in ensuring the progress and prosperity of mankind, the security of the planet and the role of the international community. He also noted that the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030 development and diversification program strives to protect, improve and preserve the country’s natural environment by adopting a holistic view of its ecosystems.
The national environment program was launched to raise the level of environmental commitment in all development sectors, reduce pollution and its negative effects on the environment, develop natural vegetation cover, combat desertification, protect fauna, preserving biodiversity and transforming the waste sector from a linear sector. economy to a circular economy, Al-Ghamdi added.
This is done by strengthening the participation of the private sector by encouraging improved services and stimulating innovation, as well as by raising public awareness of the environment and strengthening the role of the not-for-profit sector, he said. -he declares.
Al-Ghamdi highlighted the Kingdom’s important leadership role through its G20 presidency in 2020, and the statement made by the group’s leaders during their annual meeting hosted by Riyadh that year, in which they agreed to the goal of voluntarily reducing global land degradation by 50% by 2040. To this end, they have launched a global initiative to strengthen the protection of wild habitats, restore land and prevent its deterioration, as well as a global initiative to preserve coral reefs. He added that his country is cooperating with other G20 member states to implement the two initiatives.
In addition, Saudi Arabia has raised the level of its national contribution to climate action by pledging to reduce its emissions by 278 million tonnes per year by 2030, he added, more than double the amount previously announced in 2015.
Saudi authorities have launched numerous initiatives, Al-Ghamdi said, including plans to have half of the Kingdom’s domestic energy needs supplied by renewable energy sources and to take advantage of carbon capture and storage technologies. .
The Kingdom also announced the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2060 through a circular carbon economy approach, and joined the Global Methane Pledge, which aims to reduce global methane emissions by 30% by compared to 2020 levels.