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United for Sustainability: Singapore & UAE’s 2050 Climate Pledge

United for Sustainability Singapore UAEs 2050 Climate Pledge
Image via The Straits Times
  1. Singapore and the UAE intend to achieve bold outcomes in reducing carbon emissions, adapting to climate change, and financially aiding nations most susceptible to climate change.
  2. Cooperation between Singapore and the UAE in the green economy, low-carbon energy and food security sectors will be strengthened to advance climate goals and generate environmentally friendly jobs.
  3. Shared commitments by Singapore and the UAE, both of which aim for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, including a focus on food and water security, and new financing arrangements to help climate-vulnerable developing countries.

The Straits Times reports that Singapore and UAE have committed to achieving ambitious outcomes in climate change mitigation, including reducing carbon emissions and lending financial support to more vulnerable nations.

Understanding Climate Goals

Singapore and the UAE are dark horses, said the cynics.

Climate change?

Can they hit the mark?

They can.

Both nations turned their faces to the sun, laid their sights on a net-zero future.

Greenhouse emissions, they’d bring flat by 2050.

Tall orders indeed.

“Both Singapore and the UAE – a major oil and gas exporter – have set goals to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

Those words were exchanged between leaders, hammering home the gravity of the commitment.

Hope potent in their eyes.

Both are heeding the global call.

Singapore aims to slash emissions to around 60MtCO2e by 2030, straight off the back of peaking emissions.

General consensus agrees: achieving such a target relies on the maturity of technology, effective international collaboration and adherence to the Paris Agreement by other countries.

Green Initiatives

When it comes to the shape of things to come, Singapore and the UAE mean green.

Cleaner is better, and both nations aren’t shy about putting money where it counts.

Among the hot topics?

Green transport, sustainable technologies, carbon markets.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

A Green Economy Framework Agreement, inked between the two nations, would shine a spotlight on those issues and more, aiming to make strides in low-carbon energy and tech.

Further collaboration would focus on hydrogen fuel and carbon capture and storage, setting standards and encouraging research to promote cleaner energy usage.

Clear, actionable goals.

That’s the kind of talk we should get behind.

Impact on Vulnerable Nations

Devoted nations have long conceded to the rallying cry for climate finance.

In 2009, affluent nations pledged to mobilise S$100 billion per year to help developing countries.

Put educated minds together and help lift up those caught in the grind.

Guide them against impacts of climate change.

That’s the aim of such commitments.

And the figure is set to double by 2025, making waves in the right direction.

Why?

To combat an adversary that makes no distinction between the rich and the poor: climate change.

Collaborative Projects and Agreements

It’s a two-man show, this story.

Sharing the stage?

Singapore and the UAE.

The playbill?

Seven memorandums of understanding, the majority centred on climate and digital technologies, fleshed out in agreements promising mutual progress.

The rest?

A diverse mix of matters, from education to strengthening trade in halal products.

Nothing off-limits, only steps towards a better world.

Importance of Multilateralism

It’s not a fight won by one but by many.

That’s the spirit of multilateralism.

Singapore and the UAE, both aware of their status as small states and regional hubs, stand united in promoting a rules-based world order.

To tackle climate change, to tackle economic losses.

All of it, achievable.

But only through the combined efforts of many.

It’s a conversation, a give and take.

It’s the power of unity.

Are we ready to stand with them?

Are we prepared to face the challenges and fight for a cleaner, more sustainable world with Singapore and UAE on the frontlines?

The future is green, and it starts with us.

What do you think?

Written by Patrick Tan

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