Glasgow: President of Republic Calls for Constructing More Resilient Ecological Development Trajectories

Nouakchott,  01/11/2021
His Excellency the President of the Republic, Mr. Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani insisted on global warming, because of its disastrous multifaceted consequences, indicating that it constitutes, today, a challenge of the first order that Humanity, as a whole, must imperatively raise.
In a speech delivered today on the occasion of the COP 26 held in Glasgow, he added that our States must implement, individually and collectively, all the measures required to build ecological, more low-carbon, more resilient, and more inclusive development trajectories.
Here is the full text of that speech:

"Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Heads of State and Government,
Excellency the Chairperson of the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,
Excellency the Secretary General of the United Nations,
Ladies and Gentlemen, Representatives of Intergovernmental and Non-Governmental Organizations,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Global warming, because of its disastrous multifaceted consequences, is today a major challenge that all of humanity must meet.
This 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change offers us the opportunity to welcome the international momentum in favor of climate action and to reaffirm the need to place the ecological transition at the top of the strategic priorities of the 2030 Agenda and all post-COVID public recovery policies.
Indeed, our states must implement, individually and collectively, all the measures required to build ecological development trajectories, lower in carbon, more resilient, and more inclusive.

Ladies and gentlemen,
Mauritania has just revised its national climate contribution; and although our greenhouse gas emissions are very marginal, we plan to reduce them by 11% compared to 2018, by 2030. With more external financial support, we could achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

The efforts we have made over the period 2015-2021 have enabled us to increase the share of renewable energies in the energy mix from 18% in 2015 to 34% in 2020, and we plan to reach a rate of 50% in 2030.

These results will be complemented by the launch of a new green hydrogen development program. Thanks to this new sector, Mauritania offers the world an alternative and sustainable source of clean energy. We invite financial institutions and companies interested to support us in this project.
In addition, our national climate contribution also supports the ecological transition of other sectors with mitigation potential such as transport, agriculture, livestock, or forestry.

However, adapting to climate change and building the resilience of vulnerable populations remain our top priority. In this context, some progress has already been made in terms of restoring terrestrial ecosystems, particularly through the implementation of the Great Green Wall program. Last January, during the One Planet Summit, significant pledges of funding were made to support the Great Green Wall. The fulfillment of these promises is now awaited by millions of Africans who are suffering from the degradation of their livelihoods.

Also, we invite COP26 to make the Great Green Wall program an international priority and ask, more generally, that funding for adaptation and ecological transition be significantly increased and mostly paid in the form of donations, so as not to increase the debt burden of developing countries.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Convinced that climate action has become a social, environmental, economic, and even security priority, Mauritania will remain fully committed to advancing international climate cooperation and accelerating the ecological transition, which is now more necessary than ever.
Thank you".
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