Meeting Palestine’s Prime Minister on route to COP26

Meeting Palestine’s Prime Minister on route to COP26
05 November 2021

Meeting Palestine’s Prime Minister on route to COP26

Tim Curtis, Ricardo Energy & Environment’s Managing Director and Mahmoud Abu-Ebid, our Technical Director/Middle East Business Manager, met with the Palestinian Prime Minister, His Excellency  Dr Mohammad Shtayyeh, on route to COP26.

Palestine’s Prime Minister (left) and Ricardo’s Mahmoud Abu-Ebid
Palestine’s Prime Minister (left) and Ricardo’s Mahmoud Abu-Ebid

The Prime Minister was presenting to the Heads of Government during the opening session on Monday. He was keen to discuss the State of Palestine’s rapid progress on climate action planning over the past seven years.

Ricardo’s support for Palestine’s climate action planning

Much of the work has been facilitated by Mahmoud and Richard Smithers, our Technical Director for Climate Adaptation, supported by other members of Ricardo’s staff and national experts from Birzeit University, with Palestine’s Environment Quality Authority (EQA) providing oversight. This continuity has ensured that Palestine’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) (only the sixth to be produced globally), its
updated (NDC), and subsequent costed implementation plans are closely linked and mutually supportive.

Richard Smithers presenting the NDC implementation plans to Palestine’s National Climate Change Committee

Ricardo’s work has culminated in drawing all the threads together in the development of an NDC Partnership Plan with an indicative cost of $5.9 billion for which the NDC Partnership has recently circulated a request for $2.7 billion to international funders and development partners.

The NDC Partnership Plan focuses on 14 costed, gender-responsive NDC implementation plans developed by Ricardo with considerable input from national stakeholders across the agriculture, energy, health, transport waste and water sectors. It also addresses the need to develop additional implementation plans for those sectors and six other priority sectors identified in the NAP (coastal and marine, food, industry, terrestrial ecosystems, tourism, urban and infrastructure), as well as cross-cutting activities. International funders and development partners who have supported the various elements of Palestine’s climate action planning that underpin the NDC Partnership Plan include the United Nations Development Programme, the Belgian Government and, over the past eighteen months, the Islamic Development Bank and World Bank under the NDC Partnership’s Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP).

Hear more about Palestine’s NDC implementation

Next week, Mahmoud and Richard will both attend COP26 as official members of the State of Palestine’s delegation and will present the Success Story of Palestine’s NDC Implementation (Wednesday 10 November 14:00 - 15:00, NDC Partnership COP26 Pavilion, and online). 

Mahmoud Abu-Ebid said “It was an honour to meet Palestine’s Prime Minister and we are very pleased to have the opportunity to present Palestine’s climate change journey to an international audience”.

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