The UAE Deputy PM Appoints COP28 UAE President-Designate
The UAE deputy PM today made some important appointments for the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28), under the directives of the UAE President.
New Appointments For Cop28 Under President’s Directives
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber has been named as the 28th Conference of the Parties’ president-designate on the instruction of the conference’s president, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, according to H.H.
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, deputy prime minister and minister of the presidential court (COP28).
As the Youth Climate Champion and UN Climate Change High-Level Champion, respectively, Shamma Al Mazrui, UAE Minister of State for Youth Affairs, and Razan Al Mubarak, President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), will join Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber’s COP28 UAE delegation.
The annual climate conference will be held in the UAE from November 30 to December 12, 2023, in Expo City in Dubai.
These appointments occur at a critical time, when the globe is dealing with difficulties related to energy, food, and water security, as well as halting the loss of biodiversity.
UAE’s Presidency Of Cop28 & Its Significance
In its role as COP28 host, the UAE will work to forge coalitions and reach agreements in order to change the land use and food systems, achieve a just and practical energy transition, increase adaptation efforts, and put the new setback and damage funds into operation.
Over 70,000 people are anticipated to attend the Conference, including heads of state, top government officials, business executives from around the world, representatives from the private sector, academics, experts, young people, and non-state actors.
They will come together to review climate change while highlighting cutting-edge solutions that can promote joint efforts and climate diplomacy.
The UAE has made a name for itself as a top location for holding high-profile international conferences on environmental protection and sustainable development.
The UAE is leading a new low economic development model that aims to create new businesses, skills, and jobs needed for the future.
The UAE has a long history of investing in clean energy initiatives both domestically and internationally.
In 1992, Brazil hosted the official inauguration of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The Conferences are official gatherings that have been held yearly since 1995 with the goal of reducing the effects of climate change.
As a prospective legacy for our future generations, the UAE is eager to welcome everyone to COP28 and collaborate with all stakeholders to reach solutions that are balanced, ambitious, and inclusive.
UAE’s Net Zero By 2050 Initiative
The UAE is dedicated to enhancing ambition in this crucial decade for climate action as the first nation in the continent to implement the Paris Agreement, the first to pledge a reduction in emissions across the economy, and the first to declare a Net Zero by 2050 strategic strategy. Being selected to host COP28 is an honor for the UAE.
Its application for this position was based on its dedication to climate action and global responsibility in light of the crucial significance of COP28 as the first Global Stocktake (GST) review after the Paris Agreement.
In order to promote concrete, comprehensive, and transformative progress toward a successful COP28, the UAE has nominated a robust and diverse leadership team.
UAE’s Commitment Towards Climate Goals
These appointments occur at a crucial time as the planet struggles to reverse the loss of biodiversity, address growing climate impacts, and secure enough energy, food, and water.
Significant emissions cuts, a reasonable, realistic, and pragmatic approach to the energy transition, and increased support for developing countries are all necessary to keep global warming to 1.5C.
The UAE is dedicated to multilateral institutions and an interactive process that draws together established and developing countries, civil society, business, and emerging economies to find solutions and accelerate progress.
The declaration emphasizes the UAE’s leadership in climate action in the area and its function as a global proponent of renewable energy.
The UAE has spent more than $50 billion in renewable energy developments across 70 nations, with plans to invest at least another $50 billion over the next ten years. It is home to three of the largest and most affordable solar installations in the world.
Appointment of President-Designate: Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber & His Achievements
Dr. Al Jaber is the Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), has held the position of Special Envoy for Climate Change twice (2010–2016 and 2020–present), and has actively participated in over ten COPs, including the historic COP21 in Paris in 2015.
He has twenty years of executive business and leadership expertise in the public sector, in climate policy, and in both the conventional and renewable energy industries.
Dr. Al Jaber, who was instrumental in establishing the nation’s renewable energy trajectory, is the first CEO to hold the position of COP President.
He oversaw Masdar’s mission to hasten the uptake of renewable energy in the United Arab Emirates, the rest of the region, and around the world as its founding CEO.
Masdar has so far significantly aided the UAE’s efforts to meet its renewable energy goals, growing the nation’s portfolio with clean energy investments in more than 40 nations, including a number of fragile island states and developing nations in Asia and Africa.
With an ambitious goal of increasing to at least 100 GW of renewable energy capacity globally by 2030, Masdar is poised to become one of the greatest renewable energy investors in the world thanks to a new cooperation with TAQA, Mubadala, and ADNOC. Under their leadership’s direction and continuous assistance in 2009,
H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Dr. Al Jaber spearheaded the UAE’s successful application to host the IRENA headquarters in Masdar City, with a goal to advance green technology and sustainable development internationally.
Since taking over as CEO of ADNOC in 2016, he has played a major influence in decarbonizing and diversifying the business’ operations and investments, putting sustainability at the core of its operations, and leading a push to make today’s energies greener while investing in tomorrow’s clean energies.
ADNOC has taken concrete steps including becoming the first company in its industry to source all of its grid power from clean nuclear and solar energy, becoming the region’s first CCUS plant, and diversified into hydrogen and renewable energies.
ADNOC is investing $15 billion over 5 years in its decarbonization strategic approach and its innovative low solutions business, including the development of its carbon capture capacity to 5 MMTPA by 2030 and its ownership stake in Masdar, under the direction of Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, as it aspires to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and a target of reducing its carbon intensity by 25% by 2030.
Throughout his career, he has led the way in developing a sensible and responsible strategy for quickening the energy transition that incorporates economic growth, climate action, accessibility to energy, and energy security.
Dr. Al Jaber will play a significant role in leading the intergovernmental process, forging consensus, and advancing ambitious climate results with a wide variety of partners, including business and civil society, as the COP28 President-Designate.
The Sustainable Energy for All programme, which was introduced in 2011, was founded on the Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC), which was established by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- Moon in 2009.
His efforts to advance renewable energy solutions to lessen the risks of climate change earned him the UN Champions of the Earth award in 2012, as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from India’s TERI University in 2010.