The United Arab Emirates, which hosts the World Economic Forum there for the seventh year in a row, announced Wednesday that it will host the annual climate change conference, COP28, in 2022.
The decision by Abdulaziz bin Saud Al-Nuaimi, Secretary-General of the UAE National Council for Coordination, to host the international climate change conference, the first since the Paris Agreement came into force on Nov. 4, came ahead of a much-anticipated report on the state of the world’s ecosystems.
The decision to host the conference was taken by the UAE Cabinet, according to a statement released by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority.
Last month, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with bin Saud bin Saif bin Rashid Al-Nuaimi in the lead-up to the report’s release.
The report — by the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — is considered the last word on the planet’s conditions as we move toward tougher global climate targets set in Paris in 2015.
COP28 marks the seventh annual conference of the Conference of the Parties, or COP, to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is held every four years in the year following the previous year’s summit. The 2020 summit will be held in Poland.
Saudi Arabia is hosting this year’s summit.
The national council for coordination works to coordinate on government policies, regulations and procedures, and policies of the National Environment Authority to protect the environment and human health.
—By Gary Kuhn