The 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, more commonly referred to as COP28, will be the 28th United Nations Climate Change conference.


The UAE will host from November 30th until December 12th, 2023 at the Expo City Dubai. The purpose is to unite the world towards agreement on bold, practical and ambitious solutions to the most pressing global challenge of our time.


As host nation, the UAE’s responsibilities will include formulating the outcomes of the summit and supervising the negotiations to achieve official decisions that will be announced at COP28.


The COP28 President-Designate, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, clarified the priorities in his welcome message.  “We are a halfway point. It has been 7 years since Paris, with 7 years to go to 2030. We need to reduce emissions by 43% by 2030 and course correct on adaptation, finance and loss and damage.  

Together, we will prioritize efforts to accelerate emissions reductions through a pragmatic energy transition, reform land use, and transform food systems. We will work to mobilize solutions for vulnerable countries, operationalize loss and damage, and deliver the most inclusive Conference possible.

We will deliver a transformational COP of action. A COP for all.”

More here.


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