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Suhail Al Mazrouei says need for ambitious action to combat climate change to enhance environmental security
Dubai ruler says UAE to host COP28 climate conference in 2023
The UAE will host the climate change conference in 2023 in the run-up to the next United Nations meeting in Paris, the country’s ruler has said.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed’s adviser, Suhail Al Mazrouei, said in an interview to the Financial Times that countries needed to “exercise maximum urgency” to address climate change in order to tackle issues such as extreme weather and food security.
“That conference is an opportunity for global leaders to come together and focus on the climate change issue in a truly global manner,” Al Mazrouei said.
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The UN conference, COP28, is due to be held in Abu Dhabi between 21 and 25 September 2023.
The Abu Dhabi summit will come ahead of the Paris summit in December 2020, a follow-up to the successful 2015 UN climate change agreement, which calls for slashing global carbon emissions.
In April, the UAE’s energy and environment minister, Suhail Mohammed Faraj Al Mazrouei, announced plans to cut carbon emissions 40% from 2020 by increasing use of renewable energy, but said the country would not completely do away with fossil fuels.
Riyadh-based WEFA, which holds regular meetings, said that it would hold a major climate change conference in 2022.
Experts have identified the UAE as a country with the potential to reduce its emissions significantly.