Saudi Arabia, in coordination and collaboration with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, is set to host the MENA Climate Week 2023 in Riyadh on October 8-12.
The event will bring together numerous countries, policymakers, influential organizations from around the world, in addition to representatives from the UN and related bodies, civil society, and the business sector.
The aim is to exchange perspectives on climate solutions, cooperate in finding practical and rational approaches to address climate change and mitigate its effects.
Discussions will encompass policy frameworks, investment opportunities, research and development initiatives, and the spread of various technological solutions, such as renewable energy, energy efficiency efforts, hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, and carbon dioxide removal.
MENA Climate Week 2023 will provide the Kingdom with an opportunity to showcase its efforts and accomplishments in tackling the challenges posed by climate change.
In 2021, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, launched the Saudi and Middle East Green initiatives.
The Saudi Green initiative aims to reduce carbon emissions by 278 million tons annually by 2030.
The other initiative seeks to mobilize efforts of various stakeholders to reduce carbon emissions, equivalent to 10% of global contributions, and reduce carbon emissions from oil production in the region by over 60%.
On December 4, the third edition of the Saudi Green Initiative Forum will be launched, coinciding with the COP28 conference. This move reflects the Kingdom’s commitment and ongoing efforts to support the global climate action agenda and take tangible actions to address environmental challenges.
Furthermore, in October 2021, the Crown Prince announced the Kingdom’s target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2060 through a circular carbon economy approach, aligning with its development plans and promoting economic diversification.