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Joint Statement – Item 8 General Debate Climate Crisis
October 4, 2023

The United States Joined the Following Joint Statement at the 54th Session of the Human Rights Council

Joint Statement – Item 8 General Debate

Joint Statement Delivered by H.E. Ambassador Omar ZNIBER, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco

October 4, 2023

Thank you, Mr. President,

I deliver this statement on behalf of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Morocco and Israel and a cross regional group of countries.

Mr. President,

The world today faces a mounting climate crisis that knows no boundaries or borders.

Globally, we are witnessing the devastating effects of rising sea levels, devastating droughts, and unprecedented heat waves.

The climate crisis is felt acutely in the Middle East, where rising temperatures are exacerbating water scarcity and threatening food security.

The urgent need for climate cooperation have never been more apparent or more important.

This is a global challenge that demands global unity, solidarity and inclusivity and collaboration must be at the heart of our collective response.

Mr President,

Multilateral cooperation is more important than ever, and we must continue to collaborate, contribute and compromise to tackle our greatest shared challenges.

The Abraham Accords, a historic diplomatic breakthrough, symbolize peace and collaboration between nations. They represent a commitment to advance common goals and realize shared opportunities.

They also serve as a foundation for advancing climate action.

In three years since their signing, they allowed us to develop water desalination projects, collaborative renewable energy initiatives, and joint conservation efforts, helping to address water, energy, and climate security in the region.

Mr President,

Climate change is our common threat, and we must unite to combat it.

The Abraham Accords are a testament to collective action, serving as a model for how countries can work together to advance common interests and address common problems.

In the fight against climate change, they have and will continue to play, a vital role in allowing us to transcend borders and boundaries in pursuit of a common purpose.

We look forward to continuing this work together with our partners to deliver a sustainable and prosperous future for all, and we look forward to convening on this subject in Dubai at COP28.

I thank you.