| 21 May 2024, Tuesday |

Saudi Arabia to host Saudi Green Initiative Forum and Middle East Green Initiative Summit

Saudi Arabia will host the inaugural Saudi Green Initiative (SGI) and The Middle East Green Initiative (MGI) in Riyadh from October 23 to 25.

Both initiatives will bring together heads of state, public officials, business leaders, academic pioneers, environmental specialists and civil society, according to a statement.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled the SGI and MGI in March to reverse environmental degradation and climate change.

Part of the kingdom’s Vision 2030 to reshape its economy, both initiatives provide an ambitious roadmap for the kingdom and region to meet worldwide emissions targets.

“As a leading global producer of oil, we are fully aware of our share of the responsibility in advancing the fight against the climate crisis and as our pioneering role in stabilizing energy markets during the oil and gas era, we will act to lead the next green era,” the crown prince said.

“The kingdom and the region are facing many environmental challenges, such as desertification, which poses an economic threat to the region, as it is estimated that $13 billion is drained by sandstorms in the region every year and air pollution from greenhouse gases is estimated to have reduced the average age of citizens by one and a half years.

“We will act through the Saudi Green Initiative to raise vegetation cover, reduce carbon emissions, combat pollution and land degradation, and preserve marine life.”

These events reinforce the kingdom’s commitment to making a sustainable global impact in the face of climate change and will enhance its work to protect the environment and the planet at large, the statement added.

Focused on advancing towards the achievement of global targets, the events will help catalyze climate action in a regionally and internationally coordinated manner.

The SGI and MGI aim to collectively plant 50 billion trees, covering an area double the size of the Great Green Wall in the Sahel region and representing five per cent of the global tree planting target. The initiatives also aim to propel the region towards achieving more than 10 per cent of global carbon emissions reduction targets.

  • The National News