HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani
HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani chaired the Cabinet's regular meeting held at its seat at the Amiri Diwan on Wednesday.
Following the meeting, HE Minister of Municipality and Environment and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaei issued the following statement:
At the outset of the meeting, the cabinet was briefed by HE the Minister of Public Health on the latest developments in efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. The cabinet affirmed the continuation of work with the procedures and precautionary measures that have been taken in order to combat this pandemic.
Then, the Cabinet considered the topics on the agenda as follows:
First: Approving the national climate change plan.
The preparation of the strategic plan comes in the framework of the State of Qatar's commitment to fighting climate change by diversifying its economy, building capabilities, and using its natural resources in the best possible. It will also involve introducing legislation and systems to guarantee that. The development of the national plan on climate change came after coordination with 50 entities inside the state. The plan put national goals in dealing with climate change that are reflected in more than 35 to ease climate change and more than 300 others to adapt.
The plan is an integral part of the state's strategic plans, as it is one of the main pillars to achieving Qatar National Vision 2030. It also is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the State of Qatar's ambition in being one of the leaders in the region in limiting emissions.
In that regard, there are national projects that adopt tangible measures that will help limit emissions. These projects include establishing the biggest Carbon capture project in the Middle-East and North Africa, improving the efficiency of the Hydrocarbon toxicity treatment, launching Tarsheed program to conserve electricity and water consumption, building a solar power station with a capacity of 800 Megawatts.
The State of Qatar is playing a pivotal role in supporting the developing countries' fight against the impact of climate change, including the announcement made by HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani during His Highness' speech at the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 that the State of Qatar will contribute $100 million for the support of small developing island states and the least developed states to deal with the climate change, natural hazards, environmental challenges and to build the capacity to counter their destructive effects.
Qatar Investment Authority also plays a main role in the climate change plan, as it is a member of the One Planet Initiative for enhancing green investments.
1- A draft partnership agreement between the government of the State of Qatar and the International Peace Institute.
2- A draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of adapting with climate change and green growth between the Ministry of Municipality and Environment in the State of Qatar and the Global Green Growth Institute.
The Cabinet reviewed the following two topics, and took the appropriate decisions in their regard:
1- The annual reports on the activities of Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA) and its financial position.
2- The outcomes of the fifth meeting of the GCC Ministerial Committee for Food Safety. (QNA)
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