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Emirates News Agency – UAE President, Vice President receive update on preparations to host COP28

ABU DHABI, 27th March, 2023 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Rahid, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness de Al Maktoum was briefed on the latest preparations to host COP28, in the presence of members of the High Commission overseeing the programme.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said: “Since its inception, the UAE has embarked on a journey of change. Sustainable development and climate action are integral to our strategy to achieve sustained economic and social growth for present and future generations part.”

His Highness added that the UAE is committed to fulfilling its role as a global convener and continuing to promote the environmental and economic prosperity of societies around the world, in line with the approach set by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE , both today and in the future.

His Highness noted that COP28 should involve all sectors of society across the country, and called on the High Commission to encourage stakeholders from government and the private sector to academia and civil society to play an active role in the preparations for COP28.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid reiterated the UAE’s approach to climate action by unlocking innovative and viable opportunities for shared prosperity and sustainable development.

Emphasizing the urgent need to unite the world at COP28 UAE, His Highness welcomed participants from around the world to continue implementing the UAE’s message of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.

His Highness Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the COP28 Higher Committee, reiterated that the UAE, as a country at the crossroads of the world, is ideally positioned to bridge the gap between the global North and the global South. He also noted that the UAE can play a constructive role to bring about tangible progress towards a climate-safe world and provide opportunities for continued socio-economic development. His Highness added that at COP28 the UAE must drive the shift from commitments to concrete actions and engage with all stakeholders who wish to contribute to action across key climate pillars to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and President-designate of COP28, also provided a summary of ‘The Road to COP28’, the first event chaired by the COP28 President.

Held at Dubai Expo City on 15 March, the event strengthened youth engagement and united the wider community to raise awareness of climate change and mobilize all sectors of society in preparation for COP28. The event welcomed more than 3,000 participants, including government officials, foreign diplomats, students, young climate advocates, people of determination, senior citizens and representatives of sustainable businesses.

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