Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Monday – in a bid to enhance Green Cooperation.
The MOU will bring forth a new Climate Partnership to unveil nature-based clean energy solutions at the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) at Glasgow, Scotland.
The agreement was signed by the UAE’s Minister of Climate Change and Environment – Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, and the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan (SAPM) on Climate Change – Malik Amin Aslam.
Sharing his thoughts, Aslam said Pakistan was pleased to take its bilateral ties with the UAE to further heights. He hoped to drive joint efforts in guarding terrestrial and marine environments to combat the detrimental impacts of climate change via mitigation and adaptation measures.
According to media reports, the parameters of this MOU will include educational initiatives, renewable energy, climate-smart and nature-based agricultural solutions.
Further details of the MOU will be finalised after this COP26 summit.
It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan is currently the chair of the Asia Pacific group and has also facilitated the UAE’s bid to host the COP in 2023.
The Emirati official said Pakistan and the UAE enjoy long-standing collaboration across various sectors, such as food security, health, education, energy, environment, and infrastructure development.
“The MoU will help us combat climate change together through conserving environmental resources and biodiversity,” she said.
The two countries agreed to launch new and broaden existing ecosystem restoration initiatives and promote the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration objectives.
Moreover, Pakistan and the UAE will start with exchanging information on climate change among their educational institutions, support innovative ideas and projects coming from academia, and conduct several joint environmental research projects.