Abdullah Al Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said global ambitions must be raised to safeguard the health of the planet, state news agency Wam said on Wednesday.
Speaking at the UN General Assembly’s high-level dialogue on desertification, land degradation and drought, Mr Al Nuami underlined that protecting the environment must be a priority for the international community.
“We only have one home, one shelter — Earth,” said Mr Al Nuaimi in a video message to Monday’s event, which assessed progress made in the fight against desertification, land degradation and drought and chart the way forward following the conclusion of the UN “decade for deserts and the fight against desertification”.
“Therefore, we all need to scale up our efforts and expedite global environmental and climate action to chart a better future for the current and next generations.”
Mr Al Nuaimi also outlined how the UAE had protected its land from degradation and desertification since the country was founded in 1971.
These include the “national biodiversity strategy” and the “national strategy to combat desertification 2014 to 2021”, as well as organic farming support schemes.