MUSCAT: The Sultanate of Oman will participate in the deliberations of the World Climate Action Summit and 28th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change due to take place in Dubai from 30 November to 12 December 2023.
Oman’s involvement in this conference, themed “Oman is a Sustainable Future,” demonstrates its commitment to collaborating with the global community in addressing environmental challenges related to sustainable development. The country will present its strategies, plans, policies, initiatives, and projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, safeguarding environmental and climate systems, and advancing renewable energy. Oman has set a target of achieving zero carbon neutrality by 2050, with the establishment of the Oman Sustainability Center to support this initiative.
The World Climate Action Summit and the Conference of the Parties will focus on critical global climate issues, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across various sectors such as industry, transportation, agriculture, energy production, and waste management. The conference will also discuss adaptation strategies, impacts, and risks associated with climate change. It will emphasize the development of national strategies and plans to minimize risks to ecosystems, communities, and development sectors. Furthermore, the conference will explore financial opportunities for supporting these efforts and mitigating the effects of climate change in developing countries.
Key topics of discussion at the conference include the periodic reporting of greenhouse gas emissions, the advancement of clean technology, enhancing cooperation between international organizations to tackle global climate challenges, and green financing for sustainability projects aimed at reducing emissions and fostering sustainable development.
Oman is dedicated to achieving a harmonious balance between environmental, economic, and social requirements while adhering to the principles of sustainable development. The country recognizes the significance of preserving its natural resources and fulfilling its obligations under international environmental agreements, such as the United Nations Framework Convention, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Oman has implemented various measures, including policies, strategies, legislation, and regulations, to monitor and manage climate change effectively. The country is leveraging its natural resources and geographical advantages to drive progress in the renewable energy and green hydrogen sector. It has also created a legal framework for investment in renewable energy projects. Oman is actively seeking investments and tourism opportunities that support environmental protection and exploring potential opportunities to incorporate sustainability into infrastructure projects.
To protect its natural heritage, Oman has established wild natural reserves, wetlands, and marine areas. It has initiated national and volunteer campaigns to plant millions of wild trees, mangroves, and coral reefs across the country.
Oman is committed to enhancing its monitoring, adaptation, and response to climate change impacts across various sectors. The country is actively preparing research and studies on climate-related risks, designing modern early warning systems for multiple risks, and bolstering infrastructure to withstand climatic events and minimize associated damages. A national committee for early warning of multiple risks has been formed to enhance efforts, capacity building, awareness, and information dissemination.
HE Dr. Abdullah bin Ali Al Amri, Chairman of the Environment Authority, and the Steering Committee for Climate Change in Oman, highlighted Oman’s tireless efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, reduce global warming, and combat climate change. The country is actively transitioning to renewable energy, expanding green areas, and continuously seeking sustainable solutions from nature.
Oman’s participation in the conference will include a dedicated pavilion within the exhibition accompanying the event. A diverse team of stakeholders will participate in negotiations, discussions, and meetings with global, regional, and international partners to address climate-related issues.
Dr. Ghazi bin Ali Al-Rawas, Dean of Scientific Research at Sultan Qaboos University, and Head of the Supervision and Governance Team, emphasized Oman’s support for policies, systems, and initiatives that protect the environment, conserve energy, and mitigate climate change risks. He mentioned that Oman’s interactive pavilion will showcase the country’s journey in environmental protection, emissions reduction, environmental sustainability, and the promotion of renewable energy. The pavilion will also highlight Oman’s role in environmental diversity and sustainable city projects, as well as its efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change and develop a multi-risk early warning system.
This year’s session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change aims to unite global efforts in the field of climate action and explore opportunities for cooperation to address climate challenges. The conference will monitor the progress made by governments worldwide in implementing climate action plans and finding sustainable environmental solutions.
Date: 1 Nov 2023