*The plan is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Qatar's ambition in being one of the leaders in the region in limiting carbon emissions
The Cabinet Wednesday approved the National Climate Change Plan. The preparation of the strategic plan comes in the framework of Qatar's commitment to fighting climate change by diversifying its economy, building capabilities, and using its natural resources in the best possible manner.
The Cabinet's regular meeting was chaired by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani at its seat at the Amiri Diwan. A statement about the deliberations was issued by HE the Minister of Municipality and Environment and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Subaei.
The National Climate Change Plan will also involve introducing legislation and systems. The development of the plan, which came after co-ordination with 50 entities within the country, is an integral part of the strategic plans, as it is one of the main pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030. It also is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Qatar's ambition in being one of the leaders in the region in limiting carbon emissions.
There are national projects that adopt tangible measures that will help limit emissions. These include establishing the biggest carbon capture project in the Middle-East and North Africa, improving the efficiency of the hydrocarbon toxicity treatment, the ongoing Tarsheed programme to conserve electricity and water consumption, and building a solar power station with a capacity of 800MW.
Qatar is playing a pivotal role in supporting the developing countries' fight against the impact of climate change. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani had announced in his speech at the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 that the country will contribute $100mn for the support of small developing island states and the least developed states to deal with climate change, natural hazards, environmental challenges and to build the capacity to counter their destructive effects.
Qatar Investment Authority also plays a main role in the climate change plan, as it is a member of the One Planet Initiative for enhancing green investments.
The Cabinet also approved a draft partnership agreement between Qatar and the International Peace Institute, and a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of adapting with climate change and green growth between the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and the Global Green Growth Institute.
The Cabinet also reviewed the following two topics, and took the appropriate decisions: The annual reports on the activities of Qatar Financial Markets Authority and its financial position, and the outcomes of the fifth meeting of the GCC Ministerial Committee for Food Safety.
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