The United Arab Emirates will host the climate change conference COP28 in 2023, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said on Sunday in a tweet.
“#UAE look forward to hosting #COP28 in 2023 and be a major impetus for finalizing the Global Climate Action Agenda,” tweeted the crown prince, who has previously been a vocal proponent of climate change action.
There was no further detail on his statement.
The prime purpose of the next conference will be to agree a set of guidelines for implementation of the Paris climate accord on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The COP24 meeting will be held from December 2 to 14 in Katowice, Poland.
The deal was struck in 2016 after years of negotiations. It is designed to limit global temperature rises to less than 2 degrees Celsius, and possibly 1.5C. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia are among countries opposed to the deal and are likely to play an influential role at the current talks in Katowice.
Sheikh Mohammed, who chairs the initiative known as the United Arab Emirates National Agenda on Climate Change, has made tackling climate change a key plank of his conservation initiatives.
His commitment to tackling climate change has attracted investment from the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Dell, and he spearheaded a global initiative to bring renewables to 100 million homes by 2020.