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Saudi Arabia pledges to fight global warming in the Middle East


Ambitious measures to meet the climate challenge

Last weekend was a green weekend in Saudi Arabia, where several international gatherings on environmental protection and the fight against global warming took place in Riyadh: the Saudi Green Initiative Forum, which brought together climate experts and Saudi representatives committed to the climate, then the Youth Green Summit dedicated to young people and their engagement, and finally the Middle East Green Initiative Summit, which brought together this time official representatives of around thirty states and international organizations.

During this long weekend of exchanges and political discussions on the climate future of the region – one of the most polluted in the world – several commitments have been announced by Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salmane. The first is from achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, like China, which has launched the same challenge. This commitment consists in finding a balance between the emission and absorption of greenhouse gases, so that they no longer pollute the atmosphere.

The kingdom’s second commitment is to create a “regional initiative that contributes to providing solutions for clean energy sources” as well as “A fund to invest in technological solutions for the circular carbon economy for the region.And it is precisely the circular economy that is recommended by the United Nations to effectively fight against the excessive consumption of polluting fuels. In total, these initiatives represent a cost of 10 billion dollars, which Saudi Arabia has committed to pay up to 15%, or 1.5 billion dollars.

Several international leaders on board

These ambitious and costly goals were announced by Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman on Monday, October 25. in the presence of several Arab and international leaders, like the former US secretary of state John Kerry, today United States Special Envoy for Climate Change, Tunisian Prime Minister Najla Bouden, or the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriákos Mitsotákis.

All of them affirmed the urgency of climate action in the Middle East and the Mediterranean, but also in Brazil and Pakistan, where the repercussions of global warming are already being felt. Greece also mentioned its willingness to unite several partner countries to find a way to better preserve the cultural heritage from the consequences of climate change. Tunisia, for its part, requested financial support from partner countries for its transition to a sustainable and ecological economy.

This first international meeting of ecology in the Middle East comes a few days before the next COP26, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from October 31 to November 12, and announces an important turning point in Saudi policy to fight against global warming.