By Michaela Al-Bishr, CNN
Dubai’s ruler has called for global leaders to meet in the United Arab Emirates to discuss climate change in 2023.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also vice president and prime minister of the UAE, has requested hosting the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) to be held in the UAE’s capital of Abu Dhabi.
“Hitting the 2030 targets will require constant political commitment,” the emirate’s ruler said in a statement Thursday.
“The forum will bring together political decision-makers, key decision-makers, experts, specialized bodies, and officials from across the region and beyond, and will provide a unique platform to make global commitments to curb and reduce CO2 emissions.”
Madrid is currently host of the 2018 U.N. Climate Change Conference.
“There are many things that you can do, but you must make decisions,” Mohammed continued. “No change will happen until you make decisions.”
The announcement comes less than two weeks after the CO2 emissions measurement framework for 2017 was announced by the U.N. Environment Programme and the World Resources Institute.
The latest figures show greenhouse gas emissions from energy use and industries in the MENA region (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) reached 402 million tons in 2017.