Sheikh Abdullah leads first meeting of committee overseeing Cop28 preparation

UN Climate Change Conference will be held in Abu Dhabi in November 2023

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, leads the Supreme National Committee’s first meeting. Photo: Wam

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, has led the first meeting of the Supreme National Committee, formed to prepare for the Cop28 summit.

In November next year, Abu Dhabi will host the gathering, known in full as Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The committee met online on Wednesday.

“The UAE will work closely with the UK, the president of Cop26 and Egypt, which will host Cop27, to build on the momentum achieved and complete efforts in preparation for Cop28,” Sheikh Abdullah said during the meeting.

“After the UAE succeeded in bringing the world together at Expo 2020 Dubai, it will take advantage of its track record in holding international events to ensure that the Cop28 conference focuses on finding practical solutions.

“It will ensure the participation and inclusion of all relevant parties, including developing and developed countries, the public and private sectors, scholars, civil society and experts in various sectors in order to achieve lasting progress for all.”

The Supreme Committee’s vice chairman is Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and managing director and group chief executive of Adnoc. Dr Al Jaber is also the UAE’s Special Envoy for Climate Change.

Delegates from around the world will take part in the summit to assess progress in achieving the climate goals set out in the Paris Agreement.

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Updated: March 02, 2022, 5:56 PM