At a recent "Green Retreat," the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment welcomed ministers and more than 150 senior leaders from 50 public and private organisations. This cooperative event acted as a strategic lead-up to the UAE's much-anticipated hosting of the Conference of Parties (COP28) later this year and aimed to highlight the country's commitment to combating climate change.
The Green Retreat, which took place at Expo City Dubai, has as its motivating topic "United for Climate." The occasion tapped into the combined strength of numerous stakeholders, building on their national successes in combating climate change, protecting the environment, and promoting sustainability. In order to promote the UAE's most effective initiatives in the run-up to hosting COP28 in Dubai, which is scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 12, the retreat encouraged creative ideas and projects.
The UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators (UICCA) President and Chief Executive Officer, Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of the Economy, Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Dr. Ahmad Abdulla Humaid Abdulla Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education, and Sale
Senior officials from pertinent federal and local government ministries and agencies, accelerator representatives, government media offices of the seven emirates, significant private sector companies, and a number of prominent business leaders were among the influential and diverse group of attendees at the Green Retreat.
The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment will take the lead in coordinating the cooperative efforts of all governmental and private institutions in preparation for the eagerly awaited COP28 summit in accordance with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The ambitious goal of the Green Retreat, which brought together national experts and key partners from many sectors to drive climate action in the UAE, was emphasised by Mariam Almheiri. The objective is to propose a model that reflects the nation's position and climate efforts during COP28 UAE and to strengthen the country's role in providing creative and inspiring solutions to global climate concerns while encouraging a world that is climate-resilient.