Dubai: The 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) has begun at the Expo City Dubai.
There have been a record number of attendance requests for both the Blue Zone (A Hub for Formal Negotiations) and Green Zone (A Public Space for Climate Action), with up to 500,000 participants anticipated. COP28, the largest global climate event is being held from November 30th to December 12, 2023.
The participants include government ministers, representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, indigenous peoples, and youth. The event is being attended by nearly 180 heads of state and government from around the world.
The conference marks the first worldwide evaluation of the goals of the Paris Agreement, which was formed during COP21. The COP28 presidency is focused on achieving ambitious negotiation outcomes through a practical agenda that will translate commitments into actual progress in addressing the climate crisis.
All nations, sectors, and societal segments have the chance to collaborate and unite their efforts at COP28 in order to achieve the highest climate ambitions. This is especially important at a time when global climate action is becoming increasingly urgent and necessary.
The UAE is spearheading an initiative to reach a consensus among all parties and agree on a clear roadmap to accelerate desired progress across all climate action themes. This is based on the COP28 presidency’s action plan, which is centered on four pillars: fast tracking a just and orderly energy transition, fixing climate finance, focusing on people, nature, lives, and livelihoods, and fostering inclusivity.