Abu Dhabi: The Muslim Council of Elders and the Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change of the UAE have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU). It aims to establish a strong and ongoing collaboration focused on boosting interfaith dialogue and environmental sustainability.
The MoU was signed by Judge Mr. Mohamed Abdelsalam, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders, and Mr. Majid Al Suwaidi, Director-General and Special Representative of COP28.
According to the agreement, the Muslim Council of Elders is committed to proactively engaging religious organizations, leaders, and spiritual figures in the upcoming COP28 event. The Faith Pavilion, a groundbreaking initiative at COP conferences, will serve as a global platform to encourage religious participation and foster interfaith dialogue. The primary objective is to elevate ambitions and implement effective measures to combat the climate change crisis. Additionally, the agreement highlights the significance of involving religious figures and leaders in crafting strategies to tackle global challenges, including the pursuit of environmental justice.
The collaborative effort for this initiative will involve the UAE’s Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence, the United Nations Environment Programme, and other relevant international partners. The main focus will be on organizing various events and activities that empower religious leaders to effectively address the negative effects of climate change.
The Muslim Council of Elders and the United Nations Environment Program had previously extended an invitation to religious and civil society organizations, as well as religious and community leaders, to participate in the Faith Pavilion at COP28, as per the statement.