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Emirates News Agency – UAE and Arctic Circle host open dialogue to boost climate action in Himalayan Third Pole region


SHARM EL SHEIKH, 13th November, 2022 (WAM) — The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), in collaboration with Arctic Circle, organized an open dialogue on the “Third Pole Process” on the sidelines of the 27th United Nations climate meeting. Change Conference (COP27), which is being held until November 18 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

The open dialogue included Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, former President of Iceland and Chairman of Arctic Circle; and Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Icelandic Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate and Chairman of the Arctic Council, 2019-2021.

Other participants included representatives of the Arctic countries and the third pole – Himalayan region and various institutions and organizations from other countries.

In June 2022, MOCCAE and Arctic Circle launched the Third Pole Process as part of an overall effort to introduce the collaborative Arctic model to the Third Pole and Himalayan region, with the aim of mitigating threats of melting glaciers and water insecurity, exacerbated by climate change. . The Third Pole region is a term for the geographical proximity to the Himalayas, which includes India, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and several countries in Central Asia.

“The UAE is at the forefront of nations tackling the climate crisis. To support efforts to mitigate the risks associated with melting glaciers, we have deployed the third pole process which forges significant synergies and promotes the sharing of experiences in coping with the effects of melting ice. Taking place at the main annual gathering for climate action, the session highlighted the implications of climate change on the Third Pole region and introduced the upcoming Abu Dhabi Arctic Circle Forum to a global audience,” said said Almheiri.

She noted that melting glaciers can significantly disrupt the water cycle, trigger greater biodiversity loss and hamper economic growth.

The Third Pole process brings together governments, scientists and experts to build regional knowledge of the challenges of dwindling water resources. It represents active engagement with governments and institutions to enhance scientific research and partnerships to inform policy-making, guided by the collaborative Arctic experience that facilitates the effective communication of scientific information to decision makers specializing in the fight against climate change.

For his part, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson said: “The focus has been mainly on the North Pole and the South Pole; the Arctic and the Antarctic. The escalation of the melting of the glaciers of the Himalayan-Third Pole countries could in the decades to come become a primordial climatic catastrophe. All the great rivers of India and China as well as the water resources of other Himalayan countries can be traced back to the glaciers of the third pole region. The future of more than a billion people could be directly attacked by the melting ice of the Third Pole.”

The Process is marked by milestones through a series of Arctic Circle Assemblies in Iceland and Arctic Circle Forums in other countries.

The Arctic Circle Abu Dhabi Forum will take place in January 2023 as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW). It aims to make an instrumental contribution to the preparations for the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28), to be held in the United Arab Emirates in 2023.