UAE President and King of Malaysia witness major step forward in development of 10GW clean energy projects in Malaysia


In the presence of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Majesty Al-Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, King of Malaysia, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC – Masdar, has signed an implementation roadmap with the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) to advance the development of 10GW of clean energy projects in Malaysia.

The implementation roadmap, which includes plans to develop ground-mounted, rooftop and floating solar power plants, onshore wind farms and battery energy storage systems, follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding in October.

The agreement was signed by Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, and Datuk Wira Arham Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of MIDA, paving the way for five additional agreements to develop new solar and wind energy projects in Malaysia.

Together, these five deals will unlock up to 8GW of clean energy across the Southeast Asian nation:

– Joint Development Agreement for 2GW of solar plan
ts with Citaglobal Berhad Tiza Global in Malaysia.

– Collaboration Agreement with Tadau Energy and PSK to develop 2GW of wind power in Malaysia.

– Strategic Memorandum of Understanding with Cypark Resources Berhad for up to 1GW of renewable energy projects in Malaysia.

– Heads of Agreement with Malakoff to develop solar photovoltaic power projects with a targeted aggregate capacity of up to 1GW.

– Memorandum of Understanding with Citaglobal Berhad and TNB Renewables to develop 2GW of renewable energy projects.

These agreements, signed at COP28, demonstrate Masdar’s ongoing commitment to Malaysia and to supporting the country’s ambitious target of 70 percent renewable energy installed capacity and net-zero emissions by 2050.

Source: Emirates News Agency

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President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a cable of condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia on the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Mamdouh bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, also dispatched similar messages of condolences to the Saudi King.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Fund for Climate Impact Response: World hails 1st victory on 1st day of COP28


World nations, international organisations and top officials have hailed the historic decision at COP28, which began today in Dubai, to operationalise the Fund for Climate Impact Response.

The UAE and Germany each pledged US$100 million to the fund, while the UK committed £40 million for the Fund and £20 million for other arrangements. Moreover, Japan contributed US$10 million, and the U.S. committed US$17.5 million to the Fund for Climate Impact Response, an important milestone in delivering for vulnerable communities and building resilience for people suffering the devastating impacts of climate change.

Dennis Francis, President of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly, welcomed the agreement on Fund for Climate Impact Response at COP28 and said, ‘I commend UAE and Germany for their significant contribution and thank all partners for this historic deal.’

Writing on X (formerly twitter), he added that the fund will help address climate impacts on some of the most affected countries.

Jennifer Morga
n, German State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action, commended the move and said, ‘Outstanding that all parties have come together in an expression of solidarity to adopt the new Fund for Climate Impact Response in the opening of #COP28.’

Commenting on X, she added, ‘Proud that Germany UAE could together provide the US$100 million each to start capitalising the fund. Hopefully more pledges to follow!’

Bhupender Yadav, Indian Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, described the decision as a positive signal of momentum from COP28 in the UAE on the first day itself.

‘Landmark decision on operationalisation of the Fund for Climate Impact Response was adopted in the opening plenary of COP28,’ he wrote on X.

India strongly supports the decision to operationalise the Fund for Climate Impact Response, Yadav added.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Mohammed bin Rashid meets with global leaders and heads of international organisations at COP28


His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, today met with a number of global leaders and heads of international organisations attending the UN Climate Change Conference, COP28, which commenced yesterday at Expo City Dubai. The meetings took place on the sidelines of the official reception for delegations held today at Expo City Dubai.

His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, also attended the official reception.

His Highness held individual meetings at Al Wasl Plaza with His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain; His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar; Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt; Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India; and Najib Mikati, Prime Minister of Lebanon. His Highness also met with Kristalina
Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and several heads of state and government participating in the world’s most significant climate conference.

His Highness welcomed the guests attending the global conference hosted by the UAE, which runs until 12th December. With over 180 heads of state and government from around the world in attendance, His Highness expressed the hope that the conference would foster a collective international effort to address climate change and facilitate an agreement on taking joint action to protect the planet and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

His Highness also reiterated the UAE’s strong commitment to playing a significant role in advancing cooperation, both on a regional and global scale, to achieve critical strategic environmental objectives such as emissions reduction. His Highness emphasised the importance of collaboration between the government and private sectors to mitigate the consequences of climate change. Collective
effort is vital to address the challenges posed by the rise in the Earth’s temperatures and safeguard the planet from potential risks, he added.

The meetings, which took place at Al Wasl Plaza, were also attended by H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, First Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance; H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai; H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and a number of ministers, senior officials and dignitaries.

Source: Emirates News Agency

People of the UAE are central to our efforts to progress: UAE President


President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has affirmed that the UAE remains steadfast in its commitment to fostering international cooperation, dialogue, and peace in the face of global challenges, and will extend its support to countries and communities in need by continuing to strengthen international engagement and build partnerships around the world.

In a statement marking the UAE’s 52nd Union Day, President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed said, ‘The people of the UAE are central to our efforts to progress. It is through devotion and selflessness towards the nation that true accomplishments are realised. Above all, unity and loyalty are the firm foundations laid by the late Sheikh Zayed and his brothers for our nation that underpin our achievements and will continue to do so in the coming decades, God willing.’

The UAE President noted that this year’s Union Day comes as the UAE hosts the largest international event on environment and climate, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (CO
P28), with high-level global participation.

‘The UAE’s hosting of COP28 underscores its credibility both regionally and globally, as well as the prominent role our nation plays in global issues-especially climate change mitigation-and its longstanding support for sustainability initiatives,’ His Highness explained.

Below is the statement in full:

“To the people of the UAE,

The second of December is one of the most beloved days for us in the UAE, as it is the day on which hearts united in building our nation. It is the day when shared ambitions came together and when the country’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his brothers, the Rulers of the Emirates-may their souls rest in peace-penned the first line in the UAE’s story.

On Union Day, we foster a spirit of ambition in our country’s youth so they may leave their mark on our nation, just as their predecessors did with their rich legacy. Union Day is a time for newer generations to understand that our successes are the resu
lt of our resolve, and that we share a responsibility in building upon these achievements.

We have achieved significant accomplishments over the years, and with God’s blessing, we are heading towards a future that is brighter, more hopeful, and more prosperous.

While we advance, we honour all those who contribute to the UAE’s continued journey of development, and we take pride in all of the residents who live alongside us with dignity and honour.

As we enter a new year of the UAE’s history, let us reflect on the lessons of our past: that challenges can be overcome with determination, perseverance, and hard work. The people of the UAE are central to our efforts to progress. It is through devotion and selflessness towards the nation that true accomplishments are realised. Above all, unity and loyalty are the firm foundations laid by the late Sheikh Zayed and his brothers for our nation that underpin our achievements and will continue to do so in the coming decades, God willing.

In 2023, the UAE witnessed a
historic milestone that added to its notable record in advancing scientific progress through the longest Arab space mission by astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi.

Through this accomplishment, we reaffirmed that our people are at the heart of shaping a better future. The UAE is a nation that never stops moving forward in all areas of development, as we believe that stagnation will only lead to regression.

This year’s Union Day comes as the UAE hosts the largest international event on environment and climate, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), with high-level global participation. The UAE’s hosting of COP28 underscores its credibility both regionally and globally, as well as the prominent role our nation plays in global issues-especially climate change mitigation-and its longstanding support for sustainability initiatives.

It is our sincere hope that COP28 will forever be remembered as one of the most impactful global climate conferences. The UAE, in cooperation with its partners, will continue to
work towards outcomes that benefit all people.

In this vein, the UAE remains steadfast in its commitment to fostering international cooperation, dialogue, and peace in the face of global challenges. By continuing to strengthen international engagement and build partnerships around the world, we will extend our support to countries and communities in need.

Our membership of the United Nations Security Council for the 2022-2023 term proved important in this regard. The UAE played a key role in the adoption by the Security Council in June of its historic resolution on tolerance, peace, and international security. This pivotal milestone, a world first, recognised hate speech and extremism as sources of instability and increasing conflict around the world.

The UAE’s joining of the BRICS group, starting in 2024, further underscores our focus on international collective action to strengthen development and help ensure prosperity for people around the world.

Brothers and sisters,

Today, I am pleased to announce
the Union aspirations for 2024 and call on every facet of our society, including government, the private sector, and civil society, to adopt this guidance in their projects, programmes, and initiatives throughout the coming year.

The first aspiration relates to Emirati values, which are a fundamental pillar of our society, reflecting not only our people, but also our nation and its reputation.

I call upon everyone to promote this Emirati spirit both locally and globally, so the world can see the pride we take in our own identity and our openness to other cultures. Our society’s deep-rooted values should remain a constant guiding light for our unity, solidarity, respect for others, and support passed down from generation to generation.

In the workplace, strong work ethics, including dedication, hard work, integrity, and efficiency, should come to be seen as a distinctive Emirati trait.

Second, the UAE is a nation that pursues innovation, with its people at the forefront of progress. Lifelong learning is th
e fuel that propels our nation forward.

It does not stop at a certain level or age, nor is it confined to schools and universities. Rather, it is a continual endeavour throughout life, whether in the majlis, workplace, or home.

Lifelong learning leads to further success and self-improvement and contributes to the progress of society and humanity. The success of the people of the UAE contributes to the success of our nation as a whole.

I call upon everyone, including individuals, government entities, and the private sector, to make lifelong learning a core principle of our society so that the UAE becomes a hub of learning and future skills development that can unlock new opportunities for progress.

Third, sustainability is not a new pursuit for the UAE; it is deeply rooted in our society due to the challenging conditions faced by our ancestors. The late Sheikh Zayed was a patron of sustainability, which became ingrained in all of the UAE’s endeavours.

While the Year of Sustainability in the UAE concludes
at the end of 2023, sustainability remains embedded in our culture, practices, and many aspects of our daily life, and I invite everyone to continue supporting initiatives related to sustainability in the future.

The UAE is determined to honour the legacy of our Founding Father, and we ask the community to continue adopting sustainable practices. Globally, the UAE will continue its role in mobilising international efforts to support environmental action, protect life, and preserve resources for future generations.

Lastly, the world is evolving ever faster, and nations are racing towards development. In this race, education will be our mainstay in the pursuit of progress. Our place in the future will be determined by education, our status among nations will be shaped by education, and reaping the rewards of development and progress will be made possibly solely by education. I therefore urge everyone in this sector to continue working together to further enhance the quality of education available to the peopl
e of the UAE.

We aim to advance our nation’s education, to innovate and go beyond traditional methods, and to create abundant opportunities for our youth to grow. Educational entities should place teachers at the heart of their strategic planning, unifying and coordinating efforts to ensure education leads to success in the race towards progress.

Today, I extend my blessings to the Rulers of the Emirates, Crown Princes, Deputy Rulers, and the loyal people of the UAE. I pray to God to preserve and protect our nation, and I wish you, its people, all the very best for the future.

May the peace, mercy, and blessings of God be upon you.”

Source: Emirates News Agency

Sheikha Fatima receives Turkish first lady Emine Erdogan


H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) (Mother of the Nation), today received Emine Erdogan, the wife of President of Turkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is currently visiting the country as part of her country’s delegation to the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which kicked off yesterday at Expo City Dubai.

Sheikha Fatima welcomed Emine Erdogan, wishing a successful visit for her and her country’s delegation to COP28.

During the meeting, they reviewed the strong friendship ties binding the two friendly countries and peoples, and ways to develop them in the best interest of the two sides.

Sheikha Fatima and Emine Erdogan expressed their hopes that the leaders of the world’s countries would succeed in developing a clear, quick and responsible road plan to preserve the planet
from the climate changes it faces and the importance of everyone’s contribution to qualitative projects and initiatives that mitigate the severity of climate changes.

They also exchanged cordial talks regarding women’s and childhood affairs, ways to support them through appropriate programmes to serve the development of society and enhance opportunities for growth and prosperity in it, and ways to enhance cooperation between the competent institutions in these fields in the two countries.

In turn, Emine Erdogan extended thanks and appreciation for the warm welcome and generosity during her visit to the country.

Sheikha Fatima hosted a banquet in honour of Emine Erdogan. A number of Sheikha and the delegation accompanying the wife of the Turkish President attended the meeting and the Luncheon.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Breaking / UAE President announces US$30 billion Global Climate Fund at opening of World Climate Action Summit


President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan today announced the establishment of a US$30 billion fund for global climate solutions.

Designed to bridge the climate financing gap and facilitate affordable access, the fund aims to stimulate the raising and investment of US$250 billion by 2030. This was revealed during His Highness’ opening of the World Climate Action Summit, held during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) at Expo City Dubai.

In his opening statement, His Highness welcomed world leaders, heads of governments, their delegations, and representatives of international organisations to the UAE during their participation in the World Climate Action Summit.

His Highness stated that today’s meeting comes at a time when the world faces many challenges, with climate change affecting all aspects of life. He underscored that the UAE has invested US$100 billion in climate action and renewable and clean energy and is committed to investing an additional US$130 billion over the next seven
years.

His Highness also spoke about the role of the country’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who instilled in his people a deep-rooted commitment to conserving natural resources and sustainability.

Before the start of the summit, His Highness and His Excellency António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, received world leaders, heads of country delegations, and representatives of international organisations, wherein group photos were taken.

The following is the text of the President’s opening statement at the World Climate Action Summit:

“Your Highnesses and Excellencies,

Your Excellency the Secretary-General of the United Nations,

Distinguished guests,

Peace be upon you all,

I welcome you to the United Arab Emirates and to COP28. I thank you for attending this summit.

Our meeting comes at a time when the world faces many challenges, the most significant of which is climate change and its impact on all aspects of life.

Esteemed guests,

The UAE has an es
tablished record in climate action.

Over the past decades, we have built our capabilities in the renewable and clean energy sector.

We have set a national pathway to net zero by 2050.

The UAE is committed to a 40% reduction in emissions by 2030.

To date, we have invested US$100 billion in financing climate action, focusing on renewable and clean energy. We are also committed to investing approximately US$130 billion over the next seven years.

Esteemed guests,

When we committed to hosting COP28, we pledged to bring the world together to unite, work, and deliver.

We are finding practical pathways to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable economic growth.

The lack of financing has long been one of the biggest obstacles to advancing climate action globally.

Therefore, I am pleased to announce the establishment of a US$30 billion fund for global climate solutions. This fund is specifically designed to bridge the climate finance gap, ensuring availability, accessibility and affordability at scale
. Its objective is to stimulate the raising and investment of US$250 billion by 2030.

Esteemed guests,

Before I close, I would like to tell you a story about a leader who believed in love of the earth and respect for nature while establishing ways to conserve its resources.

Realising that the true wealth of nations lies in their people, he worked hand-in-hand with the people to nurture the land.

Our achievements today stand as a testament to his commitment to forging a brighter future.

This leader is Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding Father of the UAE. He stands as a symbol of its development, having played a pivotal role in shaping its past, guiding its present, and forging a path for its future.”

Source: Emirates News Agency

RAK Ruler receives Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Costa Rica


H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, today received Dr. Arnoldo André, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Costa Rica, who is currently visiting the country.

The Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah welcomed the minister and his accompanying delegation, and they exchanged talks on a number of issues of common interest.

They also discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in various fields to achieve more prosperity and sustainable development for their countries and their peoples.

Sheikh Saud praised the growing UAE-Costa Rica friendship and partnership, which include various economic, trade, and investment aspects.

For his part, Dr. André affirmed his country’s keenness to strengthen its strong relations with the UAE across all vital sectors, praising the UAE’s stature and presence on the regional and international levels.

Source: Emirates News Agency