Qatar participated on Thursday in the virtual ministerial meeting of the Group of 77 and China on maintaining a low-carbon development path towards the 2030 agenda in the era of Covid-19 pandemic. Qatar was represented in the meeting by HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi. He stressed during his speech that Qatar will continue to co-operate with the international community in alleviating the impact of the pandemic.
HE al-Muraikhi said that given the importance of a comprehensive response to the impact of climate change, Qatar played a leading role in international efforts on that front. He noted that His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani announced during the Climate Action Summit in September 2019 that Qatar will contribute $100mn for the support of small developing island states and the least developed states to deal with the climate change.
HE al-Muraikhi said that Qatar Fund for Development is currently designing a funding mechanism to provide that money to those countries in order to face the climate change challenge. He noted that Qatar is working on regulating the pricing of carbon products as a way to limit carbon emissions, and as part of its efforts to direct investments towards cleaner alternatives. He added that the country also adopted scientific strategies to protect the environment and to decrease the reliance on hydrocarbons.
HE al-Muraikhi added that Qatar was proud of the Doha amendments to the Kyoto Protocol, part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He said that Qatar looks forward to hosting the 5th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-V) will take place from Jan 23-27, 2027, and added that Qatar is confident the new work programme for the next decade will prove to be an important opportunity to support the least developed countries in facing the challenges related to climate change.