- The Saudi Arabian delegation to COP 24 will be led by His Excellency Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry & Mineral Resources
- Al-Falih stressed the importance of honoring the spirit of the Paris Agreement
- Al-Falih also said that theKingdom remains committed to maintaining its national contributions by taking climate actions that enable sustainable development in line with Saudi Vision 2030
Riyadh, December 1, 2018— The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is set to reinforce its climate change actions by ensuring that negotiations remain on track for full operational implementation of the historic Paris Agreement at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland.
“Saudi Arabia is hopeful that COP24 will mark a new era in climate policy assuming all parties honor the spirit of the Paris Agreement, which allows countries to address climate change based on their individual capabilities, conditions and different stages of economic development,” said His Excellency Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources in his foreword, which was posted on the official Kingdom of Saudi Arabia website for climate change.
Al-Falih will be leading the Saudi Arabian delegation to Katowice comprising of officials and subject matter experts representing various Kingdom entities. COP 24 is scheduled to take place from December 2 – 14, 2018 in Katowice, Poland with the host nation also holding the current Presidency of the COP.
The Minister reiterated that building on the framework of principles agreed during COP 21 in Paris, all signatory nations have to ensure that the intent of the Paris Agreement is well translated into practical and effective implementation mechanisms and tools.
“The Kingdom remains committed to maintaining its national contributions by taking climate actions that will also enable sustainable development in line with Saudi Vision 2030, the national transformation plan, and with our responsibilities as a global energy producer and exporter,” he said.
Al-Falih also stressed that the world still requires sizeable investments in all energy sources.
“We have a collective responsibility to ensure we do not embark on well-intentioned, but poorly thought out measures that would reduce investments in proven energy sources, which play a pivotal role in fueling economies around the world and helping people achieve a better standard of living,” he said.