Launching the Climate Change Policy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

14 May 2013

imageH.E. Eng. Ahmad Al Qatarneh, Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment, Ms. Zena Ali-Ahmad, Country Director, UNDP & Mukhallad Al Omari, MOPIC – speakers’ panel at the Climate Change Policy

His Excellency Eng. Ahmad Al Qatarneh, Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment, stated in his opening remarks “This policy is considered the first of its kind in the field of climate change in the Middle East, as the policy is developed through a national consultation process led by the Ministry of Environment in cooperation with the National Energy Research Center and the United Nations Development Programme as part of the “Developing policy-relevant capacity for implementation of the Global Environmental Conventions in Jordan (CB2)”project.”

“We are we are interested in developing an integrated scientific methodology to address the effects of climate change and the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and to move forward in the path of the green economy and building the capacity of communities and institutions in Jordan, taking into account gender issues and meeting the needs of those most affected to increase the flexibility and adaptation of ecosystems and water and natural resources with climate change.” His Excellency added.

Engineer Qatarneh emphasized the ministry′s keenness to convert the plans into reality through the available institutional, legal and technical tools and to achieve the main objectives of this policy within the specified time frame.

UNDP Jordan Country Director, Ms. Zena Ali-Ahmad, emphasized the importance of the policy which is a result of the participation of more than 40 government institutions and non-governmental organizations and academia during through than 20 consultation sessions with all stakeholders.

The United Nations Development Programme in Jordan focuses on various fields of development for more than 35 years on ground through its projects that are nationally owned which is one of the most important principles UNDP’s approach.

UNDP supports key development challenges in Jordan in four main areas: Poverty Eradication and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Democratic Governance, Disaster Risk Management and Protecting the Environment and Climate Change.

The Environment and Climate Change theme is considered one of the main themes of activity that UNDP is specialized in. UNDP excels in reducing the effects of climate change through its initiatives and projects: “Enabling Activities for the Preparation of Jordan’s Third National Communication Report to the UNFCCC (TNC)” project, “Adaptation to Climate Change to Sustain Jordan’s MDG Achievements” Project, “Water Governance Programme for the Arab States” and “Developing policy-relevant capacity for implementation of the Global Environmental Conventions in Jordan (CB2)”. The CB2 project aims, on the long term, to improve the policy and legal frameworks in Jordan in order to strengthen the commitment to the global environmental conventions. The climate change policy for Jordan is a very important step, but more importantly is to strengthen the policy with national strategies and plans to cope with or reduce the risk of climate change. The Country Director expressed the readiness of UNDP to begin direct support to the preparation of a national strategy to adapt to climate change is an urgent national priority.

In view of the climate change policy in Jordan, the policy covered key elements of the planning, management and adapting of climate change and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, with a focus on adaptation as the inevitable method in the context of natural resource management. The policy provides mitigation recommendations for specific socio-economic sectors, especially in the sectors of energy efficiency and development of renewable energy. In the area of adaptation, the policy focuses on the need to support projects in the sectors of water and agriculture with the recommended actions in other sectors, including health, food security, environmental management systems, coastal zone management, disaster risk reduction and tourism. The policy includes recommendations for institutional and legal frameworks, financing for development, and the integration of gender, education, public awareness and capacity development related to technology transfer. The policy calls for the establishment and strengthening of an enabling environment for research-oriented policy-making in the field of climate change.

Elite specialized in the fields of environment and sustainable development, water, energy, health and poverty and disaster management, tourism, agriculture, industry and meteorology from various ministries, universities and research centers concerned local and associations specialized in the fields of environment and sustainable development of different have attended the workshop.

Contact Information

UNDP in Jordan:
Yara Smadi, Communication Focal Point
Tel: +962 6 533 8167
Fax: +962 6 5340782
E-mail: yara.smadi@undp.org