UN official applauds Kuwait’s efforts in environmental sustainability

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Ghada Al-Taher,

KUWAIT CITY, June 5: Ghada Al-Taher, the Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Resident Coordinator in Kuwait, commended Kuwait’s proactive stance towards environmental sustainability on Wednesday. Speaking to the Kuwait News Agency in light of World Environment Day, observed annually on June 5 under the theme “Our Land, Our Future,” Al-Taher highlighted Kuwait’s participation in various initiatives aimed at addressing pressing environmental challenges such as desertification, water scarcity, and loss of biodiversity.

Al-Taher emphasized Kuwait’s commitment to environmental sustainability within its developmental vision, New Kuwait 2035. This ambitious plan aims not only to transform Kuwait into a financial and commercial hub but also prioritizes environmental sustainability. Measures include diversifying the economy, reducing reliance on oil, and integrating renewable energy sources like solar and wind power.

In line with its commitment to global environmental action, Kuwait ratified key international agreements, including the Paris Climate Agreement, demonstrating its dedication to combatting climate change on a global scale. The establishment of the Environment Public Authority, adoption of a national environmental strategy, and enforcement of environmental laws further underscore Kuwait’s proactive approach to environmental issues, aligning with the goals of sustainable development.

Al-Taher also highlighted the United Nations’ support for the Young Ambassadors Initiative in Kuwait, which empowers young Kuwaitis to advocate for sustainable development and environmental preservation.

Reflecting on World Environment Day, Al-Taher emphasized its significance in raising awareness about environmental challenges and celebrating achievements and commitments towards sustainability. She referenced pivotal moments in global environmental history, such as the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972 and the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, which laid the foundation for coordinated environmental action and sustainable development principles.

Al-Taher concluded by stressing the need for continued support for regions facing environmental degradation due to ongoing conflicts, such as the Gaza Strip, Sudan, and Yemen. She urged the international community to prioritize environmental resilience as an essential component of peace and recovery efforts in these areas.

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