UAE, Italy sign sustainable development cooperation agreement

The United Arab Emirates and Italy signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation in the area of sustainable development, on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Emirates news agency WAM reported Tuesday.

The agreement, inked by UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi and Italian Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea Sergio Costa, will reinforce synergies between the two countries in the fields of climate action and environmental sustainability.

The MoU mandates the UAE and Italy to formulate and implement policies to support economic diversification and sustainable development. It also provides for identifying and leveraging new opportunities and tools to achieve sustainability in urban planning and land development, construction, transport, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and resource-efficient and clean production.

Other areas of collaboration covered in the agreement include the adoption of practical solutions in sustainable farming, fisheries, food processing, landscaping, biodiversity conservation in hyper-arid environments, tourism, air quality and noise monitoring and control, chemicals management and waste management.

The two countries also resolved to encourage the participation of the private sector in climate action through public-private partnerships.

Source: International Islamic News Agency