GCC Countries Join Hands to Fight Climate Crisis

Published on: 02 April 2022
by KnowESG

The Gulf countries have drafted plans to curb climate change at a virtual seminar organised by Saudi Arabia's Shoura Council. The countries focused on efforts to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, increase vegetation cover, and invent strategies and policies to deal with increasing climate change.

The parties who participated in the seminar include Shoura Council members and national representatives from Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC), then officials from the Kingdom's Ministry of Energy and National Center of Meteorology. The virtual meet was held under the theme "GCC joint policies to implement the Middle East Green Initiative to face the repercussions of climate change.”

Ibrahim bin Mahmoud Al-Nahas, director of the seminar and a member of the Kingdom’s Shoura Council, said: "This role was materialized through the Saudi Green and Middle East Green initiatives, launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. These two initiatives were highly praised and internationally recognized, given their lofty goals in terms of conservation of nature and facing the challenges of climate change.”

He said the seminar helps Gulf councils and entities concerned exchange information and establish the Middle East Green Initiative.

Saud Al-Ruwaili, a council member, submitted a working paper assessing the Kingdom's initiatives to deal with the growing climate crisis and underscored the Kingdom's commitment to achieving net carbon neutrality by 2060. He believes the Shoura Council's insight and legislative role would facilitate addressing the dangers of climate change.

The conference looked at attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve plant cover, and promote climate change policies and programmes.