President Nana Akufo-Addo has been officially invited to attend the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in November 2023.
The UAE government extended the invitation, and Expo City, Dubai, will serve as the conference’s host from November 30 to December 12, 2023.
Since nearly three decades ago, the United Nations has convened global climate summits, known as Conference of the Parties (COPs), in which nearly every nation on earth has participated.
Within this period, climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority.
President Akufo-Addo received the invitation from the Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires, Mr. Amer Al Alawi, during a meeting, according to a statement from the UAE Embassy in Accra.
“During the meeting, the Charge d’Affaires reviewed the progress made on bilateral relations in various fields, including joint cooperation at the bilateral and multilateral levels in international forums and the unique opportunities available,” the release said.
He gave President Nana Akufo-Addo an update on the COP28 hosting preparations made by the UAE authorities.
The premier global climate event will be a watershed moment when the world assesses its progress towards the Paris Agreement.
The release said the Charge d’Affaires conveyed to the President the greetings of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and his wishes of good health and success to all Ghanaians.
“For his part, President Nana Akufo-Addo extended his best regards to his UAE counterpart, wishing him good health, success, and prosperity.”
He also expressed his desire for stronger ties between the UAE and Ghana, according to the release.
Since its inception in 1971, the UAE has supported the global climate agenda.
The Emirates, located in a region with extreme heat and scarce water, has long viewed climate change as a challenge that must be overcome.
As a regional leader in the energy and sustainability sectors, the UAE has expanded and diversified its economy, creating knowledge, skills, and employment opportunities for its youth while contributing to the practical resolution of a global issue that affects us all.
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