The prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has announced that the UAE is to host the sixth United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP) in 2023. The conference, which will take place at the Grand Hyatt Dubai from December 3 to 9, will be sponsored by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said a statement released by the government.
“COP-6 will feature global and regional leaders who will help create a more sustainable future on the global stage,” a spokesperson for the prime minister was quoted as saying.
The last time the United Nations held a conference at the Grand Hyatt was for the 2017 Paris Climate Agreement conference. The two-week conference saw world leaders unanimously agree to adopt a new international treaty in France. The city, which is home to an oil-rich enclave, has been called a “carbon capital” by national environmental groups, which say the emissions are so high that it tops the list of worst-polluting cities on earth.
Reuters provides a closer look at COP-6:
A fully climate-resilient Expo that complements and extends Dubai’s vision to position the city as a vital center of science and technology and a role model for clean, sustainable energy.
Nestlé Chief Executive Mark Schneider’s visit to the first International Road Show on sustainable food and drinks and a supporting initiative called the Sustainability Shop that demonstrates how consumers can actively generate their own sustainable food.
There will be an expanded working group focused on food security, which will align with the goals of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The conference will take place on the sidelines of the Dubai International Marine Exhibition (DIMEX) as there will be an emphasis on the importance of attracting business partners and investors to carbon-neutral solutions and technologies to grow sustainable industries.
The lack of land in urban areas of the UAE means that greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase and will require investment in renewable energy sources and energy-efficient practices, the statement said. This further empowers Dubai’s efforts to produce 75 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2050.
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