The Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the COP18 Gala Dinner held at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha yesterday. Maher Attar
By Satish Kanady
DOHA: The Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has called for urgent need for international cooperation and multilateral global action to counter the risk of climate change. Negotiating process on climate change convention should emanate from a sense of global unity and collective initiative, he said while addressing the opening ceremony of the high-level segment of COP18/CMP8 here yesterday.
The session was attended by H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the Heir Apparent H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani, COP18/CMP8 President H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, and Kuwait Emir H H Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, and Vuk Jeremic, President of the UN General Assembly.
Addressing the session that saw leaders highlighting the risk from climate change in a single voice, the Emir underscored the need for reaching the right equilibrium between the development goals of the countries and their commitment to protect the planet earth. The responsibility for reaching a practical and effective agreement is a collective obligation that falls on the shoulders of all of us, he said.
The Emir encouraged the developed countries to honour their commitments, in terms of providing support to the developing countries. He also called for finding a solution that balances between the energy needs of countries, and the necessity of reducing global warming.“The negative effects of climate change are extremely grave on the tracks of sustainable development aspired by all, and it would not be acceptable to decide solutions for it at the expense of development… therefore no country would be able to find a haven in the past theories of ‘isolationism’ because the causes of environmental damage have no borders,” he said.