The United Arab Emirates is already looking ahead to the next Conference of the Parties (COP28) where it will be in charge of organising the meeting of world leaders to tackle climate change. Abu Dhabi is making significant efforts to establish itself as the regional leader in the fight against the climate threat and to achieve the goal of not exceeding the 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold at the global level. According to experts, halting this trend is very difficult and it is expected to be exceeded within ten years, even looking at a rise of two degrees Celsius before reaching mid-century.
In order to avoid such a rise, governments from all over the world meet annually at the COP, the last of which was held last November in Egypt. The next one will take place in Dubai from 30 November to 12 December 2023. For that event, the United Arab Emirates has appointed Ahmed Al Jaber as president of COP28. The decision was made in line with the directions of UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahayan and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Our Chairman & founding CEO, HE Dr #SultanAlJaber, will serve as #COP28UAE President-Designate.— Masdar (@Masdar) January 12, 2023
➡️HE Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High Level Champion
➡️HE Shamma Al Mazrui, Youth Climate Champion#UnitedOnClimateAction Towards #COP28UAE pic.twitter.com/nbipR1sPXA
Al Jaber will preside over an event for which the UAE is already preparing and to which it attaches great importance. Proof of this is the constant initiatives that he is taking to advance the proliferation of green energy. He is involved in three of the world's largest solar energy projects while having the lowest cost of production. In addition, investment in renewable energy initiatives amounts to more than 50 billion dollars in 70 countries, with a further 50 billion expected to be invested by 2030.
The figure of the future COP28 president is well known in the United Arab Emirates, especially with regard to the climate threat. In addition to having been Minister of State in 2013, Al Jaber has twice been appointed as the UAE's special envoy for climate change (from 2010 to 2016 and from 2020 to the present). He has participated in more than a dozen climate conferences, including one of the most important, such as COP21 held in Paris in 2015.
In addition, he is currently the Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). Ahmed Al Jaber is therefore the ideal person to take on the chairmanship of one of the most important international events. Beyond the significance of COP28 for the world, it is a key moment for the UAE to continue its progress towards a leadership position that transcends regional boundaries and establishes it as an international climate investment powerhouse.