The UAE is one of the champions and leading countries in investing in renewable sources of energy, says Ban Ki-moon

DUBAI, 10th February, 2015 (WAM) — The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the UN is trying to mobilise political, business, community and civil society leaders in an effort to do more for addressing climate change.

“We have to have all hands on deck. It’s not only government or business leaders, or civil society leaders, but also individual citizens, as every citizen can play a very important part in addressing climate change,” said Ban Ki-moon.

Speaking to Emirates News Agency, WAM, yesterday, on the sidelines of the Government Summit in Dubai, about the UAE’s efforts in dealing with the issue, the Secretary-General said, “The UAE has been playing a very important role. We are very much grateful. First of all in regards to national policies, the UAE is one of the champion and leading countries in investing in renewable sources of energy, particularly through solar power.” Mr. Ban said that the Abu Dhabi Ascent conference, which was held last year in support of climate change, was an important conference which created momentum where government ministers, business, finance and civil society leaders, joined and showed their solidarity and discussed initiatives and partnerships to tackle climate change.

Another example of the UAE’s proactive involvement in the issue, he said, is the UAE’s support in providing clean energy in African developing countries and Small Islands Developing States, SIDS, through the lighthouse initiative, connecting them with clean and efficient energy.

The UN Secretary-General said that 2015 is a year for global action, calling it, “One of the most crucially important years for humanity.” “First of all, we meet the deadline of millennium development goals, and member states are working very hard to shape the post-2015 development agenda with a set of sustainable development goals. They have initially identified 17 goals which include poverty eradication and moving towards a climate friendly world,” he said.

Mr. Ban noted that one of the most major steps this year will be the signing of the climate change agreement in Paris in December. “These are our priorities,” he explained.

He said that meeting all these priorities will require having a means and plans of implementation that will be hashed out during the third International Conference on Financing for Development to be held later this year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“The member states will gather in Addis Ababa in July to discuss the mechanisms, financial and technological support to help implement sustainable development goals and climate change agreement with the UN.

“The UN is also trying to form a string partnership with the governments in community and civil society. Those are the priorities for 2015. Our goal is to make the world better for all where nobody will be left behind,” he concluded.