Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The first COP28 Presidency-hosted and youth-led event “Road to COP28” kicked off on Wednesday at Expo City Dubai, under the patronage of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Higher Committee overseeing preparations for COP28.
The event represents a significant moment for the country’s youth to come together and join the wider community towards raising awareness and mobilising an all-of-society effort towards COP28.
Road to COP28 began with a morning programme of interactive workshops to inspire, educate, and empower young students ages 7 to 15 to understand and tackle climate change.
The programme will be followed by activities including youth circles, debates, workshops, sustainability initiatives, and performances hosted by partners; the Federal Youth Authority and the Arab Youth Centre.
The main evening programme will be a platform for the UAE’s leadership to share their ambitions for COP28 alongside youth climate advocates.
The Road to COP28 event aligns with COP28’s goal to accelerate global climate action, with all parties and stakeholders across society working together to achieve the pledges made for future generations.
With climate action at the centre, the event will revolve around four strategic pillars: participation, action, voice, and education. The event will also see the launch of key initiatives to enhance youth participation in the UN climate process and amplify the efforts of youth-led and youth-focused organizations in the global climate community.
In collaboration with relevant local and federal authorities, Dubai is developing plans to ensure the smooth arrival and movement of guests and participants. Buses will be provided to transport visitors and participants to the Blue and Green Zones.
The MCE will host the Faith Pavilion, a first-of-its-kind space at the UN climate change conference, which will serve as a central hub for faith and interfaith-based engagement towards more effective and ambitious climate action.
Emirates Post Group Company (EPG), in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Youth, announced the dates for the upcoming workshops linked to their stamp design competition.
This meeting marked a significant milestone for youth involvement in COP28, as key stakeholders in the UAE's youth and climate space came together to collaborate with the delegates and engage them in activities leading up to COP28.
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Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed and Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphasised the critical need for a political solution to achieve a comprehensive and just peace, and ensure the region's security and stability.
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The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (Mohre) and Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA) signed an MoU to support the employment of specialised citizens and enhance their participation in the private education sector.