In a joint statement released on Monday, April 5, by the United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the two nations reaffirmed their pledge to help finance decarbonization in the Middle East and North Africa.
“We will also cooperate closely to make new investments in financing decarbonization across both the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the wider international community and help the most vulnerable adapt to the inevitable effects of climate change,” said the statement.
“We will particularly focus our joint efforts on renewable energy, hydrogen, industrial decarbonization, carbon capture and storage, nature-based solutions, and low-carbon urban design,” it added.
The statements resulted from the latest regional discussion that took place during U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry’s visit to the UAE.
Kerry was one of ten climate representatives who vowed to cooperate to “accelerate climate action” in a joint statement posted Monday.
In a press declaration, they stated, “Our countries, gathered in Abu Dhabi under the auspices of the United Arab Emirates, are committed to accelerate climate action.”
Climate leaders from the UAE, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, Jordan, Sudan, and Oman were also the other participants.
Kerry has emphasized the importance of nations reducing carbon through the Paris Agreement since they prepare to review their pledges in advance of a November conference in Glasgow.
John Kerry has been accused of colluding with the Iranian regime to undermine former President Trump and being rewarded with an appointment as a new special presidential envoy for climate change.
Between 2017 and 2019, Kerry and former Obama-era Middle East adviser Robert Malley reportedly arranged multiple meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to discuss various issues that did not necessarily align with the Trump administration’s foreign policy.
“Kerry has been open about the fact that he met with Zarif at least twice during the Trump administration, prompting Trump to say he should be prosecuted under the Logan Act because of the meetings,” Fox Business reporter Evie Fordham said.
The Biden administration has stated that it will make its revised agreements public before a virtual Earth Day event.
President Joe Biden previously rejoined the controversial Paris Climate Accord, which punished the use of fossil fuels such as oil, by signing an executive order during his first day in the White House on Jan. 20.
Biden also ordered a halt to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline on the same day to the United States and Canada’s economic detriment.
Former President Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from these agreements in 2017 because they damaged the country’s economy and are based on climate change theories, strongly scientifically controversial.