An Exclusive Interview with the Minister of Environment, Jordan His Excellency Dr. Saleh Al-Kharabsheh, the Minister of Environment of Jordan, shares his perspective on the important role that regional collaboration can play in enhancing momentum for climate action. Share an overview of successful initiatives of Jordan to promote climate action Jordan is one of the most active countries in the Middle East in tackling climate change and involvement in international response actions. We were the first country in the region to sign and ratify the Paris Agreement and we have since then geared up our national climate policies to adapt to climate change. 2020 is a big year for Jordan as we have launched a National Adaptation Plan and National Green Growth Action Plan for critical sectors, and we are currently updating our national climate change policy to reflect the latest developments. We have also introduced climate change into the curriculum in secondary schools and universities to involve younger generations. We have focused on developing national scale, bankable climate actions to stimulate job growth and a circular economy with engagement of the private sector, development partners, and global climate funds. We are also proactively transforming public institutions and spaces to increase energy efficiency. We have retrofitted public schools, installed solar PV systems and implemented LED lights in all municipal streets. Jordan is also a pioneer in electric car mobility in the region. Information/progress on Jordan’s NDC to promote climate action Jordan was amongst the first countries in the region to prepare in a fully participatory manner its NDC. Jordan seeks to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 14% by 2030. This is an ambitious target for a small developing country like Jordan, but it reflects and confirms our commitment towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. At the same time, we are developing our 2nd BUR and updating our NDC. The implementation of a national Monitoring Reporting and Verification system provides us baseline data and strengthens our ability to track progress against our NDC. Our NDC Action Plan underwent national consultation, prioritization, and integration with other relevant policies, such as the National Green Growth Action Plans, to ensure coordination and identify synergies for implementation. We are now finalizing sub-national climate action plans which will ensure mainstreaming of climate action at the sectorial and local levels. Importance of regional collaboration and role of RCC Dubai for the region Deepened collaboration and partnerships at the regional level are required to ensure resiliency and sustainable economic growth throughout the Middle East. Regional cooperation can have a catalytic impact on the speed and efficiency with which we all achieve our global commitments. With RCC Dubai providing regional coordination, advanced knowledge of barriers and bottlenecks, research-based technical support, and increasing awareness among key stakeholders, particularly the youth, we can drive substantial impact in improving regional resiliency while increasing sustainable development.
An Exclusive Interview