PARIS, Nov 29, (KUNA): Repre-sentative of Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Sunday reaffirmed support to France in the fight against terrorism.
“The State of Kuwait supports efforts of France and the international community in fighting terrorism which has become a threat to stability and security of many world countries,” His Highness Sheikh Jaber said in a statement shortly after arrival in Paris to participate in UN Conference on Climate change.
His Highness the Prime Minister called for collaboration of world countries to confront terrorism, which was rejected by all faiths.
He expressed condolences for France and the French people following the November 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and injured over 350 others.
His Highness the Prime Minister praised France’s “courageous” decision to host the climate summit despite the “terrorist crimes in the French capital.” He said Kuwait was keen on participating in the climate summit, which was very significant due to the rapid climate changes over the past two decades.
Kuwait, said His Highness the Prime Minister, has been an active partner in previous summit which were aimed at addressing global warming, and was amongst the leading countries that approved the UN framework agreement on climate change.
He hoped the Paris climate summit would mark a “serious start” that would prevent “disastrous” consequences on environment and economy.
His Highness the Prime Minister called for narrowing gaps between industrial and developing countries, as well as increasing the funding to tackle climate changes.
Kuwait has exerted huge efforts to eliminate pollution and preserve environment, he said.
His Highness the Prime Minister is accompanied by First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Sulaiman Al-Jarallah, besides senior officials at the Foreign Ministry, Diwan of His Highness the Prime Minister and Environments Public Authority.
They were received by Kuwait’s Ambassador to France Sami Al-Sulaiman.
His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah’s chairing of the Kuwaiti delegation taking part in the Paris Climate Change Conference will add substantial weight to the Arabs’ participation in the international event.
Director General of the Environment Public Authority (EPA) Sheikh Abdullah Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah said in a statement that His Highness the Premier’s chairmanship of the delegation would “add tremendous weight to the participation of Arab and developing states” in the international event, to be hosted by the French capital between Nov 30 and Dec 11th.
His participation will positively reflect on planned negotiations for resolving climatic problems “in a manner that will preserve regional states’ rights as to realizing sustainable development,” said Sheikh Abullah Ahmad Al-Humoud in a statement to KUNA. Historic responsibility as to collective gas emissions hinges on advanced countries, he said, adding “developing countries’ priority is attaining sustainable development in tandem with national development strategies and priorities.” The State of Kuwait is seeking at this conference to work out a a new deal covering social and economic priorities, whereby obligations and measures will be compatible with the international framework climatic convention, with consideration to aiding the developing countries attain their development objectives.
Keen on joining the international community in dealing with effects of the climatic change and minimizing green-house gases, Kuwait has taken a series of measures in this regard, such as signing the 1995 international framework convention and the subsidiary protocol in 2005.
According to official reports, Kuwait’s gas emission “is very limited,” as compared to the volume of gus puffed into the air in major industrialized nations such as the United States, Canada, Japan and the European Union.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, at the 2012 Doha Climate Change Conference, affirmed Kuwait’s commitment to cut carbon dioxide emissions.
According to official statements, proportion of gas emissions per sector is as following: sixty percent in the energy sector, oil and gas sector 19 percent, transports 15 percent in addition to one percent in other fields.
In implementation of governmental plans to preserve the environment and invest in environment-friendly projects, Kuwait National Petroleum Company announced closing the old Al-Shuaiba refinery permanently in April 2017, ahead of launching the environmental-friendly fuel project in middle of 2018, This venture is designed to overhaul Mina Abdullah and Al-Ahmadi refineries, building 39 new units, updating seven ones, closing seven others, with aim of producing high-grade products, namely diesel and kerosene.
The venture is to be launched according to specifications adopted by the United States and Europe. Special devices are to be installed to ensure maximum cut of pollutants, minerals, sulfur and other contaminating materials or substances.
Designers are planning highest level of personnel and operational safety.