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Environment Minister Nizar Thamedi confirmed that Iraq is one of the countries in the world most affected by climate change, which has manifested itself in desertification, water scarcity, and high temperatures.
On the sidelines of his participation in the United Nations Climate Change Conference “COP28”, he said in a statement to the Emirates News Agency that Iraq is continuing its gradual transition towards a green economy, as his ministry will soon launch its strategy in this regard.
The Minister of Environment explained that the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) constituted a moment to restore the opportunity to preserve the planet by fulfilling pledges to combat climate change, most notably the fulfillment of the Paris Agreement, to limit the rise in the planet’s temperature by 1.5 degrees Celsius.
He added that Iraq is strongly participating in the conference through various presidential, governmental, parliamentary, youth, women, and private sector teams, and it is the first time it has participated in climate conferences with this momentum.
He pointed out that the Iraqi government allocated, in the 2023 budget, for the first time in the history of its financial budgets, an item for the environment and climate, the aim of which is to enhance the protection and improvement of the environment to preserve public health, natural resources, and biodiversity, in a way that ensures sustainable development and achieves international and regional cooperation in this field.
He explained that Iraq's climate policy, represented by the National Contributions Document (NDC), focused on the use of renewable energies, reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, sustaining energy efficiency, and achieving sustainable development goals.
He stated that the environment and climate file is among the most important files in Iraq, as the past 4 decades have left many environmental impacts, stressing the existence of an ambitious government program in this regard, and that it has completed important projects in the climate and environmental field, including renewable energy projects, and others in the field of agriculture, environmental resources, and confronting water scarcity. .
He pointed out that Iraq is preparing to host a regional conference on the environment and climate during the first quarter of next year, calling on Egypt and the UAE, in their capacity as chairs of the “COP27” and “COP28” climate conferences, to participate in this conference, which is the first of its kind regionally.
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