With just three months remaining to one of the world’s most significant climate summits, Shift Eco is here to delve deeper and provide you with a comprehensive understanding of why this climate conference holds importance not only for governments and businesses but also for every individual across the globe. Let’s embark on this enlightening journey together.
What is COP and why is it important?
The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international climate summit that has taken place every year since 1995. World leaders come together at COPs to discuss ways to combat climate change and review current progress. Currently, the Convention has 199 Parties (198 States plus the EU), making it an almost universal membership.
In the UN system, the most powerful countries and the smallest of island nations all have the same voting rights, and a consensus is required to arrive at any decision. Thus, decisions made at the COP have a global impact.
COP28 UAE is a historic opportunity for the entire world to unite, rectify its trajectory, and advance. To achieve the objectives and high standards of the Paris Agreement, everyone must be proactive in the fight against climate change. The ‘leave no one behind’ principle will be emphasized at COP28. The values of transformation, solidarity, pragmatism, and inclusivity underpin all endeavors. The entire world requires a COP of action.
The UAE as hosts of the summit, has undertaken a two-year leadership role anchored by the 2023 global climate summit in the middle. The country will be assuming official presidency starting from the first day of the conference until passing on the same to the following hosts a year later.
The United Arab Emirates will host the COP28 from November 30 to December 12 at Expo City in Dubai.