UAE is set to host the UN’s next major climate change meeting

Dubai’s ruler announced the final details of the proposed U.N. climate change conference after signing the agreement to host the event in September of 2023, joining Syria and Nicaragua as the only participants.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change , or UNFCCC, known as COP28, will take place in the emirate. The previous COP, which took place in Poland in 2015, held in Warsaw in 2015. The agreement between the UAE and the UNFCCC will run for six years and range from 150,000 to 220,000 foreign guest arrivals.

“We want to build partnerships with all of you, business leaders, financial institutions, tech companies, universities, governments, young people, civil society organizations, and others who share our common ambition to ensure that climate change becomes a reality,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said at a meeting of the Climate Change Conference Governing Council.

The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference is planned to be held on October 18-20.

Kuwait and Ukraine will host the first two years of the conference while Australia and New Zealand will host COP29 in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

“It’s a unique opportunity for leaders to reflect and backstop the decisions that they took at last year’s Paris conference, and to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a positive trajectory,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “COP28 gives us an opportunity to reassess progress that’s been made and provide new momentum in our efforts to mitigate climate change.”

The world expects the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement by the end of the year under President Donald Trump, who has also said the country will seek to renegotiate the agreement, according to reports.

In 2016, the U.S. decided to exit the Paris agreement after Trump declared the city and state that host the meeting, on a per capita basis, “are among the dirtiest places on Earth.”

The U.S. joined Nicaragua, a non-per capita country, and Syria in being the only states to leave the Paris agreement.

Since then, more than 160 countries around the world have pledged to follow suit with their emissions reduction commitments.

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