His Majesty King Abdullah II delivered Monday a speech at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27.
His Majesty said that climate change “is no stranger to us,” adding, “We share similar climate threats with our entire region.”
“To address this crisis, Jordan has put forward a Climate/Refugee Nexus Initiative. It will prioritize support for host countries that bear the brunt of climate change,” the King said.
His Majesty added that in Jordan’s case, rising temperatures and water scarcity have put heavy pressure on the country’s limited resources—resources strained further by an unnatural population growth driven by the massive influx of refugees.
“The UN has recognized that global refugees and their hosts are among the most vulnerable to climate change,” the King added.
His Majesty continued, “Jordan has boosted our contribution to greenhouse gas reduction, to double our 2030 goal. And across our economy, green-focused partnerships are set to create new jobs, for a future of hope.”
“Jordan’s green recovery program goes hand in hand with our Economic Modernization Vision. We are making the most of our country’s significant solar and wind resources.”
“Today we have more expert knowledge, better practical tools, and more targeted approaches than ever before. The opportunities are immense, if we will grasp them.”
His Majesty said, “We are at the beginning of a long, challenging, and urgent transformation. There may be difficult choices to make, but we need to make them while we can.
“Let’s do so together, as a region and as an international community, and achieve the green, resilient and just world our people deserve.”
The King continued, “Good or bad, the world’s climate is indivisible; so must we be. In the fight for life on Earth, no one is a bystander; every contribution counts.”
“Let me mention one more cause close to Jordan’s heart—the urgent call to help save World Heritage Sites endangered by climate change.”
His Majesty said, “The Dead Sea and the sacred Jordan River are treasures of the past and legacies for our future. Our generation must not be the broken link.”
“In Jordan itself, we offer a wide array of opportunities for investment in climate-smart initiatives.”