Emirates News Agency – The United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Israel sign a memorandum of understanding to advance the ‘Prosperity’ project and finalize the formulation of implementation plans with the holding of the ‘COP28’ conference
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 – 7:39 p.m
Sharm El-Sheikh, November 8 / WAM / In the presence of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The United Arab Emirates, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the State of Israel signed a Memorandum of Understanding during the 2022 Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change advance energy and water desalination.
The signing of the agreement was attended by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and High Technology, UAE Special Envoy on Climate Change; and John Kerry, the US President’s Special Representative for Climate Affairs.
The MoU was signed by Her Excellency Maryam bint Mohammed Al Muhairi, Minister for Environment and Climate Change; His Excellency Ing. Muhammad Al-Najjar, Minister of Water and Irrigation of the Kingdom of Jordan; and His Excellency Issawi Freij, Minister for Regional Cooperation in Israel.
The signing of this agreement takes place within the framework of the “Al-Izdihar” project, which includes two axes: the “Green Prosperity” program, which involves the development of a solar photovoltaic power plant with a production capacity of 600 MW with an electrical energy storage system in Jordan to produce clean energy and export it to Israel, and the “Blue Prosperity” program, which aims to develop sustainable desalination projects in Israel to provide Jordan with about 200 million cubic meters of desalinated water annually.
The three countries, in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Industry Minister, signed a memorandum of understanding to examine the economic feasibility of these projects and Advanced Technology, UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change, and John Kerry, US Presidential Special Envoy for Climate Matters.
According to the MOU, feasibility studies are ongoing for each project and all parties recognize that the Green Prosperity and Blue Prosperity programs have potential and positive prospects. The UAE, Jordan and Israel will continue to work together to finalize the necessary implementation plans in connection with the COP28 climate change conference in the UAE next November.
The Prosperity project was proposed with the aim of contributing to addressing the impact of climate change and its impact on water and energy security in the Middle East, increasing dependence on renewable energy and sustainable water sources, and enhancing stability in the region to improve.
Abdel Nasser Moneim / Ahmed Al Nuaimi
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