PM participates in session to launch Climate Change Initiative at COP27 summit

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AMMAN — Deputizing for His Majesty King Abdullah, Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh Tuesday took part in a session to launch the Climate Change Initiative in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean at the COP27 Climate Summit in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh, chaired by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in the presence of Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.اضافة اعلان

In an address he delivered in the presence of Environment Minister Muawiya Al-Radaydah and Jordanian Ambassador to Egypt Amjad Al-Adayleh, the prime minister thanked Egypt for hosting the conference and Cyprus for “this important initiative”, stressing Jordan’s support for it.

The prime minister said that the initiative comes at a critical time, when there is urgent need to respond to the impact of climate change on our region, which faces major environmental challenges, stressing the importance of “taking this global momentum to work for our countries, the region and the world”.

The climate change crisis in Jordan, he said, poses multiple economic, environmental and social challenges; it compounds the problems posed by scarce resources and sharp population increase due to political crises in the region, which pushed a large and sudden influx of refugees from neighboring countries into Jordan.

He referred, in this context, to Jordan’s initiative to launch interrelated climate and refugee initiatives to shine a light on the unique double challenges facing countries: climate change and population displacement.

The prime minister said Jordan is stepping up efforts to reach environmentally and socially sustainable comprehensive growth, to address development challenges, and to achieve national ambitions and honor international commitments.

“Today is an important opportunity to underline collective action at the regional level, to face common climate challenges, and for our voice in the region to be heard,” he said, pointing out that environmental and climate challenges do not recognize borders, thus necessitating regional cooperation to confront them.

Khasawneh stressed the importance of building capacity, transferring technology, exchanging expertise, and implementing joint ventures based on complementarity among the countries of the region as key tools for cooperation.

He said comprehensive and sustainable growth is unachievable for all unless developed countries deliver on financial pledges to enable developing countries to deal with the environmental challenges that are growing by the day.

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