UAE to host 2020 U.N. climate conference

UAE ruler says UAE to host COP28 climate conference in 2023 ADENHAM — The United Arab Emirates plans to host next year’s global climate talks for the first time since the 1995 Rio de Janeiro summit, said its ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the prime minister and vice president of the UAE.

The United Nations climate change agreement, struck in Paris two years ago, seeks to slash global greenhouse gas emissions and help poorer countries adapt to the effects of climate change, including warmer temperatures, stronger storms and increased droughts.

A top UN official said Monday that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has advised ministers and government officials from nearly 170 countries not to waste the next 12 months before starting negotiations on how to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, above pre-industrial levels.

The next step in that process will be to hold the UN climate conference, or COP, in 2020 in Katowice, Poland.

UN Undersecretary-General Wu Hongbo told the meeting of ministers that the draft Paris climate agreement had grown in “convoluted” terms and would need to be revised before next year’s conference.

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