UN climate change summit confirmed for Dubai in 2023

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum believes the UAE is the host of an “iconic” climate conference

Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has announced that the United Arab Emirates will host the UN climate change summit COP28 in 2023.

The conference takes place every five years and consists of 160 nations.

Sheikh Mohammed told a news conference the Emirati government had shown it was “serious and willing” to host the meeting and that he believed it would come off.

The UAE has pushed for an increase in the minimum temperature cap to a maximum of 2C above pre-industrial levels.

The UAE government had initially received criticism for being in favour of a tougher target.

UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa congratulated the UAE on the decision saying it was “great news for vulnerable communities, for the environment and for future generations”.

The conference will take place in the UAE’s five-star Hatta Palace in the Bab Al Shams Desert, the Red Sea state along the Red Sea coastline.

Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE had a “clear vision” on climate change and intended to reduce carbon emissions by 60% by 2030 and reach zero net emissions by 2050.

Image copyright AP Image caption At a news conference in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, Sheikh Mohammed addressed other nations

The conference is unlikely to come off for a while, though, as the UAE usually has to find a venue for the meeting at the earliest opportunity.

The site in Hatta was chosen because it is about 200km from the Red Sea port of Salalah. The conference will also take place after construction has begun on the Hajar gas pipeline that will carry natural gas from Hatta, part of a wider package of development projects.

The last UN climate conference took place in Poland in December 2015.

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