Simon Stiell, the Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Change Secretariat, has described Saudi Arabia’s approach in the field of traditional energy production as unique.
While the Kingdom predominantly relies on oil and gas extraction, it is actively implementing measures aimed at reducing harmful emissions associated with these practices.
Stiell noted that the primary objective of hosting the MENA Climate Week event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is to gain a comprehensive understanding of various perspectives on the challenges stemming from climate change and to identify best practices for addressing them.
“The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region shares common challenges in this regard, but some countries in the region also have unique approaches to addressing these challenges and leveraging the available opportunities,” Stiell told Asharq Al-Awsat.
He affirmed that the dialogue sessions held this week provide a fantastic opportunity to comprehend the challenges facing the region.
These sessions also shed light on the measures taken concerning the transition to renewable energy and underscore the appropriate actions to address climate change.
Furthermore, they explore how the region’s nations can share and implement these established practices effectively.
Stiell commended Saudi Arabia for its efforts in reducing emissions resulting from oil and gas extraction.
Moreover, he noted that the Kingdom is actively implementing best practices aimed at environmental pollution reduction.
Stiell emphasized that current decision-makers have a high responsibility in ensuring a prosperous future and a clean environment for the youth.
It is worth noting that the MENA Climate Week is held four weeks before the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to address four main tracks.
These include energy and industry systems, urban and rural cities and communities, infrastructure and transportation, and oceans, food, and water, in addition to societies, health, lifestyles, and economies.
The event is organized in anticipation of COP28, which focuses on key sectors and regional climate challenges in the Middle East and North Africa.