Climate Action and Cooperation: India and UAE Unite for COP28 Success

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan have emphasized the urgency of addressing climate change through global collective action while adhering to the principles of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement. The leaders committed to enhance cooperation on climate ambition, decarbonization, and clean energy, and work together to have tangible and meaningful outcomes from the 28th Session of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the UAE as the selected host country of COP28 in 2023 and extends his full support to the UAE’s COP28 Incoming Presidency. His Highness President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in turn, congratulated India for its leadership role in the G20.

Both leaders congratulate each other’s countries on their respective roles in the G20 and as the host country for COP28 in 2023. They call upon the international community to accelerate efforts in fulfilling nationally determined contributions and the goals of the Paris Agreement, with an emphasis on equity and common but differentiated responsibilities. The leaders stress the importance of ambitious and balanced outcomes at COP28, including progress in the global stocktake, adaptation capacity building, and addressing loss and damage issues.

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Investments in renewable energy, green hydrogen, energy efficiency, and low-carbon solutions are highlighted as means to foster sustainable economic growth and job creation. The leaders urge support for all technologies to effectively reduce emissions, ensuring a just transition for comprehensive sustainable development. They emphasize universal access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy for all, recognizing the need for climate finance to support developing countries.

Both leaders call for tangible progress from international financial institutions and multilateral development banks in reforming financial mechanisms and unlocking concessional finance for climate action in developing countries. The significance of sustainable and environment-friendly behaviors at the individual level is recognized as a significant contributor to global climate action. They praise India’s Mission LiFE initiative in promoting sustainable lifestyles.

The leaders express hope that COP28 will create a new momentum for effective climate action and international cooperation in advancing the goals of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement. The UAE and India are committed to ensuring the success of COP28 and fostering enhanced international cooperation to confront the challenges posed by climate change.

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