United Nations Development Programme and Kuwait Environment Public Authority successfully completed the COP 18 preparatory Climate Change Workshop for GCC Diplomats

08 Nov 2012

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KUWAIT CITY, 8 November (UNDP Kuwait) - In a bid to further expand its green initiatives, UNDP Kuwait, in cooperation with Kuwait Environment Public Authority (KEPA), successfully conducted and completed a two day workshop titled "Climate Change Workshop for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Diplomats,” ahead of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) taking place in Doha, Qatar between 26 November to 7 December, 2012.

This workshop is the first of its kind for GCC diplomats with the aim to provide them a better understanding on the issues of climate change and the current ongoing negotiations.

This informative workshop, which took place at the UN House in Mishref,  aimed to strengthen capacities amongst members of the GCC on the issues of climate change and its impact on the region. The overall aim of the workshop was to expand the diplomats’ capacity to engage more constructively in the COP 18 under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that will be held in Doha.

UNDP Resident Representative a.i., Mr. Stein R. Hansen, said: “This will mark an important milestone for the region as it will be the first time that the Conference of the Parties will be held in a GCC member state. Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. Receding forests, changing rainfall patterns and rising sea levels will exacerbate existing economic, political and humanitarian stresses and affect human development in all parts of the world.”

The  workshop participants were government personnel from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. They will represent their respective nations at the upcoming COP 18 which seeks to develop mechanisms to combat climate change on international level.  The speakers presenting at this workshop included international experts from UNDP and Kuwaiti government officials active in the domain of climate change.

Deputy Director or KEPA, Mr. Ali Haider, explained:  “We look forward to such important workshops and conferences held on the regional level to discuss the critical issues of climate change and spread the awareness and knowledge of the latest scientific studies and developments in the field of climate change and its valued negotiations among nations.”