MENA faces a “grave threat to life,” according to the UN’s climate head.1 min read
From March 28 to 31, the first-ever Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Climate Week will take place. According to current forecasts, half of the population of MENA will be exposed to “super-extreme” weather occurrences by 2100. The summit will be attended by Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In certain regions, such as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), even a minor rise in global average temperature might result in extremely hot local circumstances. Water, agricultural, and energy concerns in the MENA area jeopardize the essential building blocks of healthy growth. According to Espinosa, climate change is a destabilizing phenomena that threatens food security, water security, energy security, and human security. Climate change, according to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, is exacerbating instability, war, and terrorism in the area. As temperatures rise in the Middle East and North Africa, severe water and food scarcity, as well as mass migration of “climate refugees,” are expected.
“The most important thing that countries can do is propose more ambitious NDCs [nationally determined contributions] that include strong promises.” The first MME Climate Week focuses on preparing for climate consequences.
MENA And the most important thing stakeholders can do is change their policies and practises to help the country reach its climate goals. The first Middle East and North Africa Climate Week focuses on climate preparedness.