H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, to discuss prospects for bolstering bilateral cooperation, particularly in climate action and renewable energy.
They also discussed mechanisms of joint cooperation across various sectors of economy, tourism and trade in support of efforts to achieve sustainable development.
Sheikh Abdullah informed Mottely about the UAE’s preparations to host the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) and the COP28 Presidency’s key priorities for providing financing for climate activities to ensure smooth and fair transition towards clean energy.
He reaffirmed that sustainable development is a priority for all states and an inherent right of people and achieving it requires a paradigm shift in the course of climate action, mobilizing global efforts with the aim of reaching climate neutrality, as well as working to adopt innovative initiatives in support of this goal.
He also stressed the UAE’s committed support for the “Bridgetown” initiative, led by the Prime Minister of Barbados since COP 26, to access international financing for climate action, especially for countries most vulnerable to climate change, which will contribute to supporting their response to its repercussions, noting the importance of strengthening global efforts to address issues of international financial reform in the climate issue.
Prime Minister Mottley expressed her confidence in the UAE’s leadership of global climate action with all competence and ability during its hosting of COP 28, praising the UAE pioneering initiatives in the renewable and clean energy sector at the global level and its distinguished and innovative strategy to achieve climate neutrality.