DUBAI, UAE: The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who is also the ruler of Dubai, has announced that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been chosen to host the COP28 international climate conference in 2023.
"We will put all our capabilities to make the conference a success. The UAE will remain committed to global climate action to protect the planet," said Mohammed.
With Egypt set to host the event in 2022, the UAE's hosting will be the second time in as many years the annual talks will be held in the Middle East and the third time by a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Former OPEC member Qatar hosted the event in 2012 and Indonesia in 2007.
Regarding the summit, Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, the UAE's minister of climate change and environment, tweeted, "The UAE is ready to deliver a meeting that will encourage countries to boost their efforts to fight climate change."
"Hosting this global gathering will provide us with a prime opportunity to involve our most dynamic segment of society, our youth, in the meetings and negotiations that will ultimately ensure a sustainable future for generations to come," she said.
A surprise announcement between China and the United States, the world's two largest greenhouse gas emitters, was made at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, which raised hopes that the nearly 200 participating countries could back up their commitments and reach an agreement by Friday.