According to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, the UAE is based on the approach and legacy of the late founder of the country, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, with a focus on sustainable development, and in line with the leadership’s vision that climate action provides opportunities for sustainable economic and social growth.
This came on the occasion of the formation of the Supreme National Committee to oversee the preparations for the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at its twenty-eighth session “COP28”, which is scheduled to be hosted in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 2023.
The committee held its first meeting via visual communication technology, headed by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, with the presence and participation of all members.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed said, “The UAE will work closely with the United Kingdom, the President of the twenty-sixth Conference of the Parties (COP26), and the sisterly Arab Republic of Egypt, which will host the twenty-seventh Conference of the Parties (COP27), to build on the momentum achieved and complete efforts in preparation for the convening of the Conference of the Parties.” the twenty-eighth parties, raising the ceiling of climate ambitions, and facilitating practical solutions that bring long-term economic and social benefits to the region and the world as a whole.
He added that 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 and ensuring the participation and inclusion of all relevant parties, including developing and developed countries, and the two sectors. public and private, scientists, civil society, and experts in various sectors in order to achieve lasting progress for all.
The formation of the Supreme Committee confirms the importance of the Conference of Parties in advancing and directing the course of climate negotiations between countries of the world, creating equal opportunities for the participation of all parties in finding effective climate solutions, and benefiting from the conference as a distinct platform that contributes to strengthening the proactive approach adopted by the UAE in the climate action process to achieve sustainable economic development.
Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, and the UAE’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, was assigned the task of Vice-Chairman of the Supreme Committee.
The committee includes in its membership a number of ministers and officials from various government sectors to ensure work according to a comprehensive approach aimed at coordinating and integrating efforts between the various sectors in the country at the strategic, diplomatic, political, economic, technical and organizational levels in preparation for the 28th COP.
It is planned that COP 28 in 2023 will witness the first global assessment of progress in achieving the climate goals set under the Paris Agreement, thus forming a focal point for stimulating international cooperation to reduce emissions, enhance adaptation measures to the consequences of climate change, and secure sources of financing for economic development. fair and low carbon.