UAE delegation plays key role in supporting climate action at previous COPs

UAE delegation plays key role in supporting climate action at previous COPs

Delegates from the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and the World Green Economy Organization (WGEO), at the previous editions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and played a fundamental role in supporting the UAE’s efforts to enhance cooperation with the international community to combat climate change, and consolidate the UAE’s significant journey in climate action and protecting our planet.

The delegation worked to enhance the active and distinguished presence of the UAE in the previous COPs, especially COP21 which is the most important COP so far. The UAE has participated then in achieving the Paris Climate Agreement and the goal of reducing the global temperature rise to within 1.5 degrees Celsius. The delegation participated in sessions, meetings, and field visits to major related projects in the countries that hosted these sessions. It also exchanged best global experiences and practices, and enhanced cooperation to achieve common climate goals. The delegation also worked on launching pioneering initiatives to promote environmental sustainability across the globe, reviewing the pioneering models of the UAE and Dubai in terms of sustainability, as well as its exceptional achievements in accelerating the transition towards a green economy and achieving Net-Zero.

"Throughout the years, the UAE has played a pivotal role in global climate action, making significant strides towards sustainable social and economic growth while protecting the environment and future generations. This commitment has been recognized with the selection of Dubai Expo City as the host for COP28 by the UNFCCC in November, underscoring the international community's confidence in the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. As the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to launch the strategic initiative of achieving Net-Zero by 2050 in 2021, the UAE is intensifying its efforts to ensure the success of COP28 and lead the global transformation towards concrete climate actions. This momentous event also marks the conclusion of the first Global Stocktake, which comprehensively assesses progress in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. In addition to hosting COP28, the UAE's commitment to climate action is further demonstrated by its membership in the Global Alliance for Green Economy, approved by the UAE Cabinet under the chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The UAE's holistic model of sustainable development, which seeks to strike a balance between economic growth, social welfare, and environmental protection, has been widely recognized as the most efficient approach in facing the challenges of climate change. To realize the transition to a green economy on a global scale, strong partnerships among stakeholders and innovative work mechanisms are essential. By mobilizing countries, sharing knowledge, and supporting the projects of developing nations, the Global Alliance for Green Economy will contribute to achieving climate goals and building a brighter, more sustainable future for generations to come. It will also serve as a catalyst for enhanced cooperation and pave the way for successful hosting of COP28, uniting efforts towards the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030."

said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the DSCE, MD & CEO of DEWA, Chairman of the WGEO.


The UAE Government, represented by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), the World Green Economy Organization (WGEO), and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), in collaboration with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), hosted the Middle East and North Africa Climate Week (MENA Climate Week) in 2022 in Dubai. The first ever MENA Climate Week achieved remarkable success and gained widespread praise from prominent institutions and figures concerned with climate action around the world.

The event attracted over 15,000 participants from 40 countries around the world who attended in person and virtually. It also attracted 500 global speakers and experts, including ministers and officials from the government and private sectors, and climate champions, in addition to officials from UN climate organisations. MENA Climate Week featured over 200 panel discussions, workshops and ministerial roundtable sessions. The Week’s activities focused on three tracks; the first was ‘Raising Ambition: National actions and economy-wide approaches.’ The second was ‘Tradition meets Modernity: Integrated Approached for Climate Resilience.’ The third track was ‘Accelerating Implementation in this Critical Decade.’

At the opening ceremony, HE Al Tayer said that the event will constitute a milestone in global climate action agenda and marks a key moment for the region as we take up a leadership role in this global agenda with the next two critical Climate Conferences being hosted in the region. Al Tayer explained that MENA Climate Week comes at the close of a key year in climate action and the start of a critical decade. It is the first meeting on the global climate agenda after COP26 that was organised in Glasgow in November of last year and follows a series of climate weeks that were held in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia and the Pacific in 2021.

Last year, a high-level delegation from the DSCE, DEWA, and the WGEO participated in COP27, which was held in November 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Al Tayer delivered a speech during a session hosted by the UN Global Compact Networks in the UAE and Egypt, titled ‘Accelerating Net-Zero Commitments’ that featured a series of multistakeholder dialogues addressing Egypt and the UAE’s climate agendas. Al Tayer highlighted the ongoing efforts to advance effective measures and discussions on climate action, touching on the most important outcomes and expected results of COPs, and the contribution of the 2022 edition to accelerate climate action and enhance the participation of the private sector in emissions reduction.

In a session co-hosted by UNFCCC - WGEO and HSBC Middle East, titled ‘The Role of Green Economy in Nature-based Solutions,’ Al Tayer delivered a keynote speech that highlighted WGEO’s efforts in promoting practical discussions on nature-based solutions and their impact on climate action during an engagement with stakeholders.

Al Tayer also delivered a keynote speech in a session about the youth and their contributions to society, which was co-hosted by WGEO and HSBC. He focused on WGEO’s role in engaging young people as part of its efforts to advance sustainable solutions, combat climate challenges, and develop the skills and knowledge of the youth.

The WGEO signed an agreement with HSBC Bank to enhance the involvement of youth, and other stakeholders in various areas of climate action. This was part of its commitment to raising awareness about climate change and the importance of engaging youth and adopting strategies aimed at reducing the consequences of climate change.


During COP25 in Madrid, Spain, WGEO, in cooperation with the UNFCCC, held a high-level forum to discuss financing strategies for activities targeted to combat climate change and implement the nationally determined contributions, as well as review the measures and actions undertaken by countries to achieve the Paris Agreement.

The forum, which was attended by several ministers, officials and representatives from various countries, was a pioneering platform that highlighted the most important practices and effective ways to develop and implement regional and national strategies. It also facilitated access to financing for countries to meet their nationally determined contributions to mitigate the effects of climate change and achieve long-term strategies for developing countries.

As part of the Regional Climate Weeks event held on the sidelines of the conference, Al Tayer announced that the UNFCCC had chosen Dubai to host the MENA Climate Week 2020, the first of its kind in the region and was held in conjunction with the Expo 2020 Dubai.


At COP24 which was held in Katowice, Poland, Al Tayer delivered a keynote speech during the Sustainable Innovation Forum. Al Tayer also launched the global State of Green Economy Report 2018, which was WGEO’s first global publication. The report titled “Inspirational Innovations in Business, Finance and Policies”, was prepared in cooperation with the University of Cambridge and UNDP. It focused on the importance of innovation and sustainability in promoting the green transition around the world.

During a special seminar on WGEO, held at the GCC pavilion, Al Tayer talked about establishing the organisation and its first preparatory conference. Al Tayer also met with leaders and officials in sustainability and green economy.


During COP22, which was held in Marrakesh, Morocco, a delegation from DSCE and DEWA, shed light on the efforts of the energy sector in Dubai, which was a pioneer in adopting global trends for green economy and sustainability, and reducing the effects of climate change. The conference witnessed the global launch of WGEO and the UAE’s joining of WGEO as the first member.

During a youth circle organised by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment as part of the conference, DEWA highlighted its experience in encouraging and preparing young Emiratis as well as adopting positive and innovative ideas to address global climate change issues.


During COP21 in Paris, a delegation from the DSCE and DEWA held meetings with decision-makers and CEOs from the energy, water and environment sectors in France, in a special session that brought together French government agencies, including the French Business Council, the Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDE)F, the Syndicate of Renewable Energy, the French Trade Commission, the French Business Council in Dubai, in addition to the French Embassy in the UAE. The meetings focused on investment, cooperation, and knowledge exchange in establishing green funds, supporting Dubai’s journey towards a green economy and enhancing its sustainability.

During the conference, Al Tayer launched the State of Green Economy Report 2016, which highlighted the commitment of the UAE and the achievements of Dubai in the field of developing and implementing green agreements in various sectors, to encourage green transformation, reduce carbon emissions and encourage the adoption of a flexible economy that is closely linked to the UN climate agreement 2015.

News Source: Dubai Media Office

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