Bahrain and Jordan support UAE’s bid to host major global climate summit Cop28 in 2023

The UN Climate Change Conference (Cop28) would be hosted in Abu Dhabi if the country wins the bid

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Bahrain and Jordan gave their support to the UAE's efforts to become the host of a UN climate summit in 2023.

This week, the Emirates launched a bid to bring the UN Climate Change Conference (Cop28) to Abu Dhabi, which would draw thousands of decision-makers.

Mohamed bin Daina, Bahrain's Special Envoy for Climate Affairs and the chief executive of the nation's Supreme Council for Environment, recently voiced the kingdom's support for the UAE to host the summit.

Mr bin Daina said that the UAE's bid to host the Cop28 would accelerate the goals and aspirations the international community has set for limiting the effects of climate change.

Jordanian Environment Minister Nabil Masarweh also gave his country's support to the UAE.

"The Ministry of Environment values and appreciates this great Arab role played by the UAE, which serves joint Arab action related to environmental issues in general, and climate change in particular, " said Mr Masarweh in a statement carried by the Jordan News Agency on Saturday.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, announced the bid on May 23.

“The climate challenge is daunting, but it is also matched by enormous opportunity to drive economic growth and job creation,” Sheikh Abdullah said.

“As a country that sits at the heart of the hydrocarbon industry and has made significant investments in energy diversification domestically and around the globe, we have seen first-hand that there is now an unprecedented business case for the highest level of climate ambition – especially when it advances gender equality and empowers youth.”

“Cop28 will represent a pivotal moment to capitalise on this opportunity, and our vision is to work with all countries to realise their net economic benefits from accelerated action.”