COP28

The UAE will host the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) in November 2023 at Expo City Dubai to unite the world towards agreement on bold, practical and ambitious solutions to the most pressing global challenge of our time.

COP28 is of particular significance as it marks the conclusion of the first Global Stock take, a comprehensive assessment of the progress made in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. The COP28 UAE Presidency will work to ensure that the world responds to the Stocktake with a clear plan of action, including measures that need to be put in place to bridge the gaps in progress.

According to HE Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, COP28 President-Designate, the UAE will focus on finding practical solutions that ensure energy security while reducing emissions. Dr. Al Jaber has also highlighted the role of the UAE in building bridges to advance international efforts that will support the Global South and countries that are most vulnerable.

“We need to reverse emissions while moving economies forward, enable an inclusive and just transition that leaves no one behind. That’s why we are determined to make Cop28 a Cop for All, and a Cop of Action.”

– Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, COP28 President-Designate

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, COP28 President-Designate

As host nation, the UAE’s responsibilities will include formulating the outcomes of the summit and supervising the negotiations to achieve official decisions that will be announced at COP28.

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The major global event will welcome high-level participation, including over 140 heads of state, senior government leaders, over 80,000 delegates and more than 5,000 media professionals.

In anticipation of the event, HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has formed and serves as Chair of a Higher Committee to supervise the preparations for COP28.

“The UAE approaches this role with humility, a deep sense of responsibility and a great sense of urgency. We share the risks of rising temperatures alongside all countries. And alongside all countries we share the ambition to make transformational, game-changing progress … and to get ahead of the future.”

– Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, COP28 President-Designate

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, COP28 President-Designate
UAE Global Climate Engagement

 

Since its inception in 1971, the UAE has supported the global climate agenda. Situated in a region where heat is extreme and water is precious, the UAE has long viewed climate change as a challenge that must be overcome.

The UAE’s hosting of COP28 builds on the country’s track record of action to meet the global climate challenge. The UAE is a global hub for logistics, transportation and green technology and is at the crossroads of business, commerce and tourism. The country is therefore uniquely positioned to build bridges and foster consensus to accelerate inclusive climate progress.

The UAE is the first country in the region to ratify the Paris Agreement, the first to commit to an economy-wide reduction in emissions, and the first to announce a Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative, proving its commitment to raising ambition for climate action.

Learn more about how the UAE is addressing climate change in close cooperation with the United States.

Key Areas of Focus

In a speech at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum, Dr. Al Jaber outlined the UAE’s four priority areas for COP28, as well as its ambition to elevate the global community’s collective action.

Mitigation

  • Work to triple renewable energy generation from 8 to 23 TW hours by 2030.
  • More than double low-carbon hydrogen production to at least 180 million tons for hard-to-abate sectors.
  • Transform food and agriculture systems through a greater investment in agri-tech, smarter water use and food production in an accelerated time frame.
  • Work with the energy industry to accelerate decarbonization, reduce methane and expand hydrogen.

Adaptation

  • Protect the most vulnerable communities and most critical systems from extreme weather and biodiversity loss.
  • Protect the rain forests and invest in nature-based solutions, such as mangroves, which act as powerful carbon sinks while protecting coastlines and preserving natural ecosystems.
  • Ensure that our global food system is resilient to the changing weather patterns which threaten farmers around the world.
  • Double adaptation finance for the Global South to $40 billion annually by 2025.

Finance

  • Require more and need it to be more affordable and accessible.
  • Ensure that every concessional dollar is matched by $2 or $3 worth of private capital.
  • Answer the call from the international community for a inclusive reform of the multilateral development banks and international financial institutions.
  • To encourage this process, the UAE, as chair of the World Bank-IMF Development Committee, intends to play a proactive, supportive and facilitating role.

Loss and Damage

  • Help the most vulnerable to rebuild after climate-related disasters.
  • Together with the international community, build on the progress made in Sharm El Sheikh to fully operationalize the loss-and-damage fund.

The COP28 Leadership Team

HE Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, President-Designate

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber brings two decades of leadership experience in government, business, energy systems, and diplomacy. During his double tenure as Special Envoy for Climate Change (2010- 2016, 2020-present), Dr. Al Jaber has played a seminal role in shaping the country’s clean energy path, including as founding CEO and currently the Chairman of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s pioneering renewable energy initiative, that has since become a leading global clean energy player. Dr. Al Jaber has also been an outcomes-focused participant at over ten COP summits, including the historic Paris COP21 in 2015. Upon joining Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) as its CEO, Dr. Al Jaber has spearheaded a $15 billion decarbonization strategy and new low-carbon solutions business.

HE Shamma Al Mazrui, Youth Climate Champion

HE Shamma Al Mazrui, Youth Climate Champion

The Youth Climate Champion role is designed to amplify the work of youth-led and youth-focused organizations within the COP process. H.E. Shamma Al Mazrui, UAE Minister of State for Youth Affairs will be the first-ever Youth Climate Champion with a Ministerial role. She will be responsible for engaging with youth globally in the lead-up to, and during, COP28 UAE. This will include working with local and global stakeholders to provide capacity-building opportunities for youth, as well as mechanisms to fund youth innovations in the field. H.E. Al Mazrui is also the Vice Chair of the Arab Youth Center, the Secretary General of the Education and Human Resources Council, Chairperson for Special Olympics UAE, and President of the National Center for Education Quality.

HE Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion

HE Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion

As UN Climate Change High-Level Champion, H.E. Razan Al Mubarak will mobilize the private sector and civil society, along with driving efforts to address the climate and nature crises together. The role of the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion is focused on engaging state and non-state actors, including cities and sub-regional governments, indigenous peoples, civil society, and private sector partners. Al Mubarak will draw upon her experience as President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Managing Director of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Managing Director of Emirates Nature-WWF to ensure progress on biodiversity, conservation, and nature-based solutions.

HE Mariam Almhieri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment

HE Mariam Almhieri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment

H.E. Mariam Almheiri will support the COP28 UAE leadership team and continue to lead national progress on climate change, ensuring that the UAE delivers on its climate targets set out by the Paris Agreement and its Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, along with promoting nature-based solutions (100 million mangroves by 2030). She will also spearhead the UAE’s intention to drive new political visibility and outcomes on food systems transformation at COP28 UAE.

HE Majid Al-Suwaidi, Director-General, COP28

HE Majid Al-Suwaidi, Director-General, COP28

HE Majid Al-Suwaidi will serve as Director-General of COP28, helping to organize an ambitious and inclusive conference. Previously, he served as the UAE Ambassador to Spain as well as Consul General of the UAE in New York. An expert in international negotiations, he has led the UAE Mission to the United Nations’ (UN) engagement in matters covering a wide range of issues relating to economic growth and development.

Previously, Al-Suwaidi served as Lead Negotiator on Climate Change, Energy and Sustainability for the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He worked closely with the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to negotiate the landmark climate change agreement, which was adopted at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in 2015. He was also instrumental in the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set an international mandate to act on global sustainability issues.

Hana AlHashimi, UAE Lead Climate Negotiator for COP27 & COP28

Hana AlHashimi, UAE Lead Climate Negotiator for COP27 & COP28

Before her appointment as the UAE’s Lead Climate Negotiator for COP27 and COP28, Hana AlHashimi was a senior adviser in the Office of the President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. She led on environment and climate action, sustainable energy, frontier technologies, and information and communications technologies (ICTs).  She also served as the liaison with the Group of 77 and China.

Her prior experience includes project development for sustainable energy accelerators at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna, Austria, as well as management consulting for social businesses at Munich Advisors Group in Germany.

Hana holds a Masters of Sciences in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University and the Netherlands Institute for International Relations (Clingendael), and a Bachelors of Commerce in General Management and the Social Context of Business from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Notable Comments on the UAE’s Climate Leaders

“Congratulations to @UAEclimateenvoy HE Dr. Sultan Al Jaber on his appointment as #COP28 President-Designate, alongside HE Razan Al Mubarak as High Level Champion and @shamma HE Shamma al Mazrui as Youth Champion. This diverse team will lead the UAE’s #COP28 Presidency through, among other important mandates, the first Global Stocktake under the Paris Agreement, and help coalesce a vision and plan for what must happen to keep a 1.5 degree C limit on temperature rise within reach. Dr. Sultan is an experienced diplomat and businessperson, including as Chairman of Masdar, and this unique combination will help bring all of the necessary stakeholders to the table to move faster and at scale. The UAE is a crucial partner in advancing our joint efforts to combat the climate crisis, including through their #COP28 leadership. The path ahead will not be easy, but I am optimistic at the outset of 2023 that we can collectively rise to meet the challenge of the climate crisis and build the clean energy economy of the future.”
John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

“I congratulate #UAE selecting the talented, experienced @UAEclimateenvoy Dr. Sultan Al Jaber as COP 28 President-Designate. We have worked closely through his leadership of MASDAR, IRENA, and ADNOC. His commitment to climate action, accelerating energy transition is clear.”
Amos Hochstein, Special Presidential Coordinator for Global Infrastructure and Energy Security

“Domestically and internationally, the UAE has shown leadership in climate investment and innovation. It is already one of the largest investors in renewables at home and abroad and is an innovator in technologies crucial to the energy transition… Dr Al Jaber brings deep diplomatic and commercial experience through his work as the UAE’s special envoy on climate change and as the Chairman of Masdar, a leading renewables company. I am confident that Dr Al Jaber has both the standing and the capability to offer groundbreaking leadership for COP28.”
Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

“Welcome to the COP 28 President-Designate.. Looking forward to working with you and all stakeholders, leveraging the UAE’s unique position, to further global ambition and action on climate change.”
Simon Stiell, United Nations Climate Change Executive-Secretary

“Warm congratulations HE Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, HE Razan Al Mubarak & HE Sharma Al Mazrui as you take on high responsibilities for #COP28UAE. Much at stake, the world needs effective leadership towards a strong outcome for climate, people and planet. Let’s stand behind #COP28UAE.”
Patricia Espinosa, Former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

“Delighted to hear appointment of Dr. Sultan Al Jaber as #COP28 President-Designate. Public-private cooperation is integral to rapidly slashing emissions by 2030, whilst driving climate-resilient, nature-positive growth.” 
Borge Brende, President, World Economic Forum

“Congratulations to HE Dr. Sultan Al Jaber on being named COP28 President-Designate. @UAEclimateenvoy has real opportunity to take climate action further & faster by building consensus & unity across broad range of partners. @IEA  is ready to contribute to successful COP28 outcomes”
Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency

“#COP28 will be a moment for the 🌍 to take stock of #ClimateAction progress. Nuclear has a key role to play in climate mitigation & adaptation. Congratulations Sultan Al Jaber, Razan Al Mubarak & Shamma Al Mazrui (@shamma) — you can count on @IAEAorg's support. #Atoms4Climate”
Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency

"I think the UAE is going to do a superb job…" We are "going to see something very important happening [at COP28].”
Lord Zac Goldsmith, UK Minister of State for Overseas Territories, Commonwealth, Energy, Climate and Environment

“Congratulations to Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, H.E. Shamma Al Mazrui and H.E. Razan Mubarak. The SMI is excited to support you and the work in our shared mission towards a just and sustainable future #COP28UAE”
Sustainable Markets Initiative

“Congratulations to HE Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, HE Razan Al Mubarak & HE Shamma Al Mazrui on taking up their #COP28UAE roles. We fully support COP28 mitigation goal to keep the 1.5°C goal alive and in reach through accelerated uptake of #hydrogen that goes hand-in-hand with RES-E.”
Hydrogen Council