The King will visit Dubai to attend COP28 UAE

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His Majesty The King will visit Dubai, from Thursday 30th November to Friday 1st December 2023, to attend COP28 UAE, where His Majesty will address Heads of State, Heads of Government and delegates at the Opening Ceremony. The visit is at the invitation of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and at the request of His Majesty’s Government.

During the visit, The King will meet the President of the UAE and undertake a series of engagements in Dubai, ahead of COP28. The King will have the opportunity to meet regional leaders, to support the UK’s efforts to promote peace in the region, and to demonstrate His Majesty’s strong interest in bringing together people from different faiths and backgrounds.

On Thursday 30th November, His Majesty will meet students and graduates, from across the Commonwealth, and hear about green tech and sustainable innovations, celebrating entrepreneurial business and the younger generation’s role in delivering climate and nature solutions.

The King will later join a Commonwealth and Nature reception, hosted jointly by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance (CBA). His Majesty will meet global and Commonwealth indigenous leaders to talk about the role of using traditional knowledge alongside scientific knowledge to address the climate and nature crises, particularly in tackling the increased threat of devastating wildfires. 

Afterwards, His Majesty will meet female climate leaders working to address climate change, and to hear about the particular risks that climate change poses to women and girls around the globe. The King will also meet representatives from Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

On the evening of Thursday 30th November, The King will join His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at a reception to launch the inaugural COP28 Business and Philanthropy Climate Forum. The reception, hosted by the COP28 Presidency in strategic partnership with the Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI), will be attended by global Heads of State and Government, business CEOs, philanthropists and heads of NGOs. 

On Friday 1st December, The King will join world leaders at the Opening Ceremony of the World Climate Action Summit, at Expo City Dubai, for COP28 UAE. His Majesty will join Heads of State and Heads of Government for the ‘family photo’ and deliver an opening address at the Summit.

Background

For over 50 years, The King has championed action for a sustainable future. His Majesty believes that everyone has a role to play in tackling even the most complex environmental challenges facing our world. From Heads of State to young people, and from chief executives to local community projects, The King’s unique ability to bring people together has proved a powerful way to inspire solutions and motivate people and organisations at all levels and all around the world.

The King, as The Prince of Wales, previously delivered the opening address at the Opening Ceremony of COP26 in Glasgow in 2021 and COP21 in Paris in 2015.

The 28th Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), will take place from 30th November to 12th December 2023 in Expo City Dubai.

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