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UAE, France, India Establish Trilateral Cooperation Initiative in Energy, Climate Change

UAE, France, India Establish Trilateral Cooperation Initiative in Energy, Climate Change

Sunday, 5 February, 2023 - 09:15
A solar power plant in Dubai, UAE. (WAM)

UAE, France and India announced on Saturday a formal trilateral cooperation initiative with the aim of expanding cooperation in several areas of mutual interest, including energy and climate change.

The plan was finalized during a phone conversation among UAE's FM Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, India’s Minister for External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna.

The initiative will serve as a platform to expand cooperation between the three countries’ development agencies on sustainable projects, as well as to organize a range of trilateral events in the framework of the Indian Presidency of the G20 and the UAE’s hosting of COP28 in 2023.

“The three sides agreed that the trilateral initiative will serve as a forum to promote the design and execution of cooperation projects in the fields of energy, with a focus on solar and nuclear energy, as well as in the fight against climate change and the protection of biodiversity, particularly in the Indian Ocean region.

“For this purpose, the three countries will explore the possibility of working with the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) to pursue concrete, actionable projects on clean energy, the environment, and biodiversity,” according to the joint statement.

Furthermore, it was agreed that the three countries will seek to ensure greater alignment of their respective economic, technological, and social policies with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

“In support of these endeavors, a range of trilateral events will be organized in the framework of the Indian Presidency of the G20 and the UAE’s hosting of COP-28 in 2023, respectively. The three countries also agreed to expand their cooperation through initiatives such as the Mangrove Alliance for Climate led by the UAE and the Indo-Pacific Parks Partnership led by India and France.”

It was agreed that the three countries should seek to focus on key issues such as single-use plastic pollution, desertification, and food security in the context of the International Year of Millets-2023.

The three sides also underlined their keen desire to cooperate in the field of circular economy under the aegis of India’s Mission LiFE.

It was acknowledged that defense is an area of close cooperation between the three countries. Therefore, efforts will be undertaken to further promote compatibility, joint development, and co-production, whilst seeking out avenues for further collaboration and training between the three countries' defense forces.

The statement continued that the three countries will also seek to strengthen exchanges of views on emerging threats from infectious diseases, as well as on measures to fight against future pandemics.

“In this regard, cooperation in multilateral organizations such as World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi-the Vaccine Alliance, the Global Fund, and Unitaid will be encouraged. Further, the three countries will attempt to identify tangible cooperation on implementing the “One Health” approach, and support the development of local capacities in biomedical innovation and production within developing countries.”

As countries at the very forefront of technological innovation, the development of trilateral cooperation between relevant academic and research institutions and efforts to promote co-innovation projects, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship will be encouraged.

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