Led by UAE President HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (Cop28) will be hosted at Expo City, Dubai. The international summit, which will be held in November 2023, will seek to find solutions to threats posed by climate change.
The venue, unveiled to the public earlier this week, along with its six-month parent event, Expo 2020, share similar objectives: achieving sustainability and promoting international action as essential steps towards facing global challenges. The selection of Dubai Expo City as a venue for Cop28 builds on the legacy and message of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, and affirms commitment to the themes of sustainability, opportunity, and mobility, while showcasing its advanced and sustainable infrastructure, in line with the UAE’s vision for Cop28. The gathering of world leaders, which will follow on from Cop27 in Egypt will see discussions regarding the urge to commit to tougher action on climate change including cutting the use of coal-fired power stations, reducing the reliability on fossil fuels, and boosting renewable energy sources.
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The conference is expected to witness over 45,000 participants daily, including heads of state, government officials, international industry leaders, private sector representatives, academics, experts, and representatives of civil society organizations, with the event’s main focus being on key pillars which include the implementation of climate commitments and pledges, inclusion, working together to take concrete action and identifying solutions that contribute to overcoming challenges, and seizing opportunities to ensure a sustainable future for present and future generations.
Being the first and permanent host country in the region for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the UAE has a notable performance history in climate action and multilateral cooperation along with committing to an economy-wide reduction in emissions. In addition, the UAE has also cemented itself as an elite destination for hosting high-level international events which focus on climate action and sustainable development.
Cop28 will be a momentous event as the world seeks to maximize progress since the Paris Agreement. The conference will witness a critical stocktaking moment for climate action under the Paris Agreement, in addition to defining future Nationally Determined Contributions.