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John Kerry in UAE to attend Regional Climate Dialogue

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, visited a number of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE's) major strategic projects supporting the country's efforts in the field of clean energy, limiting the consequences of climate change, and promoting sustainable development at the local and global levels. U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Kerry took a helicopter tour over the world’s largest single-site solar project, Noor Abu Dhabi, with His Excellency (H.E.) Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the UAE’s Special Envoy for Climate Change and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology. U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Kerry went to the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as well as MASDAR, a critical contributor to the UAE’s 400% expansion of its renewable energy portfolio over the last ten years.

John Kerry in UAE to attend Regional Climate Dialogue

He also visited Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the world’s first university with curricula devoted to driving sustainability solutions through innovations in artificial intelligence. The day’s activities included a tour of other key solar installations, including Shams 1, one of the largest concentrated solar power plants in the world, where U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Kerry was briefed on the upcoming 2 GW Al Dhafra Solar Project, which recently set a new record for the lowest solar power tariff at 1.35 cents/kWh. He concluded the day with a visit to Abu Dhabi’s Jubail Mangrove Park. Mangroves, native to the UAE, have the triple benefit of preventing coastal erosion, encouraging biodiversity, and capturing more carbon per hectare than rainforests. With millions of mangroves already planted across its coastal areas, the UAE has committed through its second Nationally Determined Contribution, to planting an additional 30 million by the year 2030.

During the tour, Kerry met with a number of senior climate stakeholders in the UAE who outlined the major role the country plays in supporting clean energy projects to address the impact of climate change and mitigate its negative effects on ecosystems and various economic sectors. The UAE plays a pioneering role on climate action at the regional and international levels. U.S. Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry is visiting Abu Dhabi to attend the first Regional Climate Dialogue, jointly hosted on 4 April by the UAE and the U.S. The Dialogue will bring together senior climate action representatives from the GCC, the MENA region as well as the UK. The first Regional Climate Dialogue will focus on national and regional preparations for COP26, set to run in November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.