An ambitious climate change deal was reached at the Heart of Asia summit, with India agreeing to a 15 percent cut in its emissions from 1990 levels by 2030. But the agreement did not meet all of the demands of climate change activists. The Indian delegation refused to accept the demand that international negotiators put concrete timelines to their negotiating process, and they also refused to allow China to adopt a climate target for its 2020 emissions. This came as the conference in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad focused on bringing together countries to protect the environment and help struggling populations. The COP28 meeting in Pakistan was a joint effort between the UNFCCC Executive Secretary and the Climate Change Department.
A spokesman for the United Nations says the UAE’s ruler has said that his country will host the next United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2023.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum made the announcement in Amman, Jordan, during a two-day UN climate change conference.
The next U.N. climate change conference will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2019, he added.
The UN climate change secretary-general said the UAE would offer support in upcoming negotiations ahead of this year’s Paris climate change conference.
Herminio Blanco said the country’s upcoming support of the UNFCCC after this year’s COP28 could play a critical role in ensuring that countries are on the same page.
“The commitment of the UAE is a tremendous move, a timely one, in terms of addressing climate change and we are very grateful for it,” Blanco said.
“This is a good reference that shows that we are going to continue to raise our political commitments towards the Paris agreement which we hope to conclude in 2020,” he added.
The newly-announced support for the UN climate change conference would coincide with the start of his first term at the UN, Blanco said.