Open letter from the Civil Society and youth of North Africa and theMiddle East (MENA) / Arab World to the “Abu Dhabi Ascent” participants

Open letter from the Civil Society and youth of North Africa and theMiddle East (MENA) / Arab World to the “Abu Dhabi Ascent” participants 
We, the youth and civil society of the area comprised of the MENA 
region and the Arab World welcome you all to our region, and commend 
you on your efforts to fight climate change, which is an ever-growing 
concern for current and future generations. We also commend the 
government of the UAE for organizing this preparatory event. 
We would also like to take this opportunity to call on all parties involved 
in the Abu Dhabi Ascent to take new direct and ambitious actions to 
ensure the success of the Climate Summit, taking place this September 
in New York, with the aim of reaching zero net greenhouse gas 
emissions, and achieving 100% renewable energy by mid of the century. 
It has become impossible to deny the effects of climate change on 
the MENA / Arab World Region. In fact, the reality of climate change 
has become apparent and has factored into our everyday lives, with 
dire consequences and effects to our livelihoods. We live in one of 
the most arid regions in the world, and are surrounded by some of 
the saltiest bodies of water on the planet. The Arab world faces 
many environmental challenges such as water scarcity, low and 
variable rainfalls and great exposure to drought and desertification. 
All that in addition to high poverty rate in the region makes the Arab 
world among the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change. 
Climate change will only make these conditions worse on us, and 
the whole world population. If no effective adaptation and mitigation 
measures are set, the region will face huge reduction in agricultural 
productivity and water supply, more frequent drought and heat 
waves events, and loss of low-lying coastal areas due to SLR. 
Thus, climate change will have significant implications on the 
economic and social development of Arab countries. 
We specifically call on the countries of our region to show leadership in 
the Summit, and use this opportunity to present new and ambitious 
pledges and contributions to mitigate climate change. As one of the 
richest regions in renewable energy sources developing 
a renewable energy master plan on the national level can help the arab 
world to phase out from fossil fuels, the MENA / Arab World Region is 
well equipped to be at the forefront of achieving carbon neutrality and 
100% renewable energy future. 
The Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM) 
Greenpeace Arab World 
The League of Independent Activists (IndyAct) 

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