ABU DHABI/Cancun, Mexico – 9 December, 2010 – His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs hosted a reception for notable dignitaries on his arrival at the COP16 negotiations in Cancun.
“Over the past few years the United Arab Emirates has steadily increased its engagement in the international climate talks. We have established numerous initiatives, including the Directorate of Energy and Climate Change within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has allowed us to play a more prominent and constructive role in the climate negotiations” said Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
“Our active participation in Cancun marks a clear signal that the UAE is keen to address the challenges of climate change in a collaborative and collective manner at the highest levels.”
His Highness commended the Mexican government and Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC for promoting transparency to the lead up of the negotiations and emphasized the importance of ensuring that such practice is maintained throughout the dialogue in Cancun.
“A cooperative and transparent approach is critical to achieving a balanced agreement that compliments the needs of developed and developing nations. I would like to commend the COP Presidency and Chair of the UNFCCC for promoting and instigating transparency.”
In addition to H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s strong presence at the COP 16 climate discussions includes H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, UAE minister of environment and water, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE special envoy for energy and climate change and Chief Executive of Masdar, as well as nearly 20 delegates from numerous relevant entities in the UAE.
The reception was attended by various heads of state, ministers and notable guests.