Dubai ruler says UAE to host COP28 climate conference in 2023

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Dubai ruler says UAE to host COP28 climate conference in 2023

The United Arab Emirates intends to host the next UN climate change conference in 2023, its leader has said.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum said that the government had earmarked about $200m to host a “conference of parties to the UNFCCC” – the UN climate change process – and one to discuss the prevention of violent extremism in the region.

The Gulf region will be a key player in global efforts to curb global warming. The emirates and other countries in the region produce a large portion of the world’s oil, which powers the world’s fuel-hungry economy.

But oil prices have fallen sharply since mid-2014 and the US is now the world’s biggest oil producer, making it harder for the UAE and other oil-exporting countries to meet their climate targets.

The next round of UN climate talks are due to be held in Katowice, Poland, in December, a year after the 2015 Paris Agreement was struck to drastically curb global greenhouse gas emissions.

Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have said they will travel to Poland to attend the talks.

According to a news release posted on the OIC website, the organisation has decided to “join the global efforts to promote environmental protection in the human environment and the global fight against climate change”.

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