Doha, September 2021
Qatar Foundation to Host First Qatar Climate Change Conference
Qatar’s climate challenges and how they can be tackled as the nation pursues a future built on sustainable development will be the focus of the first Qatar Climate Change Conference 2021 hosted by Qatar Foundation (QF) on September 13. The conference – sponsored by ExxonMobil Qatar – will see experts from across Qatar and the world discuss and debate actions that can be taken to mitigate the effects of climate change on the country, and support its leadership, businesses, industries, and people in facing up to the risks that rising global temperatures pose.
Organised by QF with Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy & Sustainable Development as a strategic partner, the event will bring together insight on climate change from the worlds of policymaking, industry, and academia. It aims to allow knowledge to be shared and potential climate actions and collaborations to be identified ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties – COP26 – later this year.
“With the world seeing the warmest temperatures on record over the past five years, and temperatures rising faster across the Middle East than in the rest of the world, urgent action to tackle climate change in our region is imperative,” said Ghanim Hassan al-Ibrahim, chief operations officer, QF.
“The Qatar Climate Change Conference 2021 aims to support Qatar’s goal of sustainable development and its climate action efforts, which include the country’s commitment to the Paris Agreement. It will be a platform for dialogue, ideas, and action, as global climate change experts, stakeholders, and policymakers come together with the aim of making change on this critical issue happen.”
Dominic Genetti, president and general manager for ExxonMobil Qatar said, “ExxonMobil is honoured and pleased to partner with Qatar Foundation and Al-Attiyah Foundation on the Qatar Climate Change Conference.
“We’re committed to helping further Qatar’s Sustainability Strategy and look forward to both sharing ExxonMobil’s significant experience in low carbon solutions, and to being part of important discussions on pathways to a lower carbon future.”
The conference will feature Qatar-based representatives from, among others, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment; the Ministry of Finance; Kahramaa; Ashghal; the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy; ExxonMobil Qatar; Qatar Petroleum; QatarGas; Qatar Airways; Qatar National Bank; QF’s Hamad Bin Khalifa University; Qatar University; and Georgetown University in Qatar, a QF partner.
International experts from the World Economic Forum, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition, Verra, the Embassy of Sweden, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Natural Capital Partners, and the Global Green Growth Institute will also join the conversation around three core topics: Qatar’s national climate change action and policy; climate change mitigation and adaptation in Qatar; and the carbon market and pricing in Qatar, including the role of the public and private sector in enabling this market to support the nation’s efforts to tackle climate change.