United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Kuwait

STATEMENT
BY
DR. JASEM BESHARAH
DIRECTOR GENERAL, ENVIRONMENT PUBLIC AUTHORITY
STATE OF KUWAIT
BEFORE THE
FOURTEENTH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT (CSD-14)
TUESDAY, 9 MAY 2006
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Mr. Chairman,
The State of Kuwait reaffirms the importance of promoting energy
efficiency as an integrated approach towards achieving sustainable
development goals and objectives at all levels, national, regional and
international.
Mr. Chairman,
Protecting the environment and enabling all the countries, particularly
the developing countries, to achieve economic development is the spirit and
main drive of the global sustainable development.
In this context, technology development and access ability to
advanced technologies plays an important role in achieving high energy
efficiency through capacity-building, adequate applied R & D and proper
institutional arrangements; particularly for conventional energy sources,
namely fossil fuel.
This is to vitalize the Johannesburg outcome under item 20 which
calls upon governments and other stakeholders to take several actions
including improving energy efficiency and greater reliance on advanced
energy technologies, including renewable energies, cleaner fossil fuel
technologies and the sustainable use of traditional energy resources, in order
to meet the growing need for energy services in the longer term to achieve
sustainable development. In this regard, Kuwait has invested heavily in basic
and applied R & D projects that are undertaken by the Environment Public
Authority, the Petroleum Sector, Universities and research center in an
integrated manner aiming at reducing emissions and combating air pollution.
Mr. Chairman,

Technology issues and technology partnership are vital for both the
governmental and the private sector, particularly since the private sector in
the developing countries is gaining more ground in the overall energy scene.
In my country, and for the first time an initiative by the local private
sector is undergoing to establish an enterprise for CO2 sequestration, aiming
at combating air pollution in a sustainable manner.
Although, this is a pioneering enterprise, however, obtaining the
advanced technology remains a major concern.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
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