The 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) will be held at Expo City, Dubai from 30th November to 12th December this year. It is considered one of the most important events of the UAE this year and under the directive of the UAE President, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court appointed Dr.Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber as the President-Designate for the COP28 event.
The event will have the presence of almost 140 state and government dignitaries and around 80,000 participants.
UAE appoints Al Jaber as president-designate for COP28 On Dubai
Dr.Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber is also the UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology; UAE special envoy for climate change; managing director and group chief executive of Adnoc; and chairman of Masdar, a renewable energy company.
The UAE Minister of State of Youth Affairs, Shamma Al Mazrui, and Razan Al Mubarak, President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will also be joining the team of Al Jaber for COP28 as the Youth Climate Champion and UN Climate Change High-level Champion respectively. The new appointments were announced on Thursday under the directive of the UAE President.
Expressing happiness over his new responsibility as the President-Designate at the COP28, Al Jaber said that the year 2023 will be very important in terms of positive climate action as the risk of global warming and carbon emissions are at an all-time high. He also noted that the Emirates together with the cooperation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the COP27 Presidency, will create an inclusive agenda that will have all the necessary measures for encouraging a complete energy transition without leaving any nations behind.
It will also make sure that there are affordable climate finance packages meted out to the most deserving economies that will speed up the adaptation process. Also, COP28 will be a global platform where the UAE can assess the commitments made towards climate change in the Paris Agreement of 2015.
Hence, the UAE is taking the COP28 as a very serious event and the responsibility attached to organizing such a huge event is been handled graciously by the UAE administration under the leadership of President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.
Also, as part of the larger efforts to support the COP28 conference to be held this year, the World Green Economy Organization (WGEO) organized the 8th World Green Economy Summit (WGES) on the 28th and 29th of September 2022. The summit was organized together with the Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) and the Dubai Solar Show (DSS).
The UAE is looking to create multilateral cooperation between nations that will further aid in bringing together emerging nations with developed economies, civil societies, and business initiatives. One of the chief goals of COP28 is to achieve steadfast results in restricting global warming by 1.5 degree Celsius. This would require strong measures that can be adopted at a practical and realistic level by keeping the development index of growing economies to the optimum.
The UAE has always been a global advocate for clean energy and sustainability. It is home to the world’s largest and lowest-cost solar projects and has invested more than $50 billion towards renewable energy projects spanning over seventy countries. It has also built a four-reactor Nuclear Power Plant that is expected to generate power that can meet up to twenty-five percent of the total energy requirements of the nation.
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The Emirate nation has also decided on future plans to invest another $50 billion over the next ten years in the area of renewable energy. Recently, the UAE entered into a $100 billion partnership with the United States of America to encourage and speed up the use of clean energy by creating energy projects across the world that can produce around 100 gigatonnes of electricity.
The Emirates is also the first nation to welcome the Paris agreement or Paris Climate Accords and they are also the first nation to announce an economy-wide reduction in their emission standard coupled with an ambitious goal of reaching zero emission standards by 2050 through an initiative known as Net Zero 2050. The UAE was the first nation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to commit to the Net Zero 2050 vision.
These measures put UAE at a top tier list of nations that have a considerable impact on global green energy initiatives and this year’s COP28 is another platform where the world can come together to realize effective measures towards a sustainable and green future.
Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Chief Executive of Expo City Authority said that she is proud to be part of this great event as it would be an opportunity for the global community to experience the proof of concept of building and operating a sustainable city like Expo city that sits in harmony with the environment. She invites the whole world to Expo city for the COP28 event and to become part of decisions that would affect our collective future.