Dubai: The Museum of the Future will host a ‘Countdown to COP28’ session led by Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, COP28 President-Designate, UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change, and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, alongside Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-level Champion for COP28 and the IUCN President.
This special session will take place during the closing of ‘Climate Future Week’, scheduled at the Museum of the Future (MOTF) from September 26 to 30, MOTF said.
COP28 UAE is calling on all parties to disrupt business as usual, unite around decisive action, and achieve game-changing results by focusing on four key areas: fast-tracking a just and orderly energy transition, addressing climate finance, prioritising people’s lives and livelihoods, and ensuring full inclusivity.
The inaugural ‘Climate Future Week’ marks a key milestone during the UAE’s Year of Sustainability as the country gears up to host COP28, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, with key sessions setting the scene for important discussions around the future of our climate.
This week-long event, held at the Museum of the Future in collaboration with Fiker Institute, supports the UAE’s NetZero 2050 strategy and contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It aims to raise awareness of the significant challenges posed by climate change, while cultivating forward-thinking discussions and leveraging global environmental leadership to build tangible solutions for a more sustainable future.
With themes covering ‘Progress, Impact and Advancement’ as the main pillars, the event will include a series of thought-provoking panel discussions, insightful presentations, fireside chats, hands-on workshops and various activities led by experts in the climate, environmental and sustainability sectors with emphasis on architecture, design, technology, agriculture, creative industries and business.
The Week will include around 30 sessions, 20 of which are public sessions, six workshops, and three flagship activations, including climate film screenings, a regional environmental photography exhibition and a climate start-up majlis.
Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications and Deputy Managing Director of Dubai Future Foundation, is set to highlight the role that artificial intelligence can play in climate resilience, while Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade will discuss the future of sustainable global trade.
Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation, will open the proceedings, highlighting the future of climate and the importance of planning for the path ahead, while Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), will address sustainable tourism initiatives and the D33 Agenda.
The event will also see Laila Mostafa Abdul Latif, director-general of Emirates Nature-WWF, take to the stage to discuss innovation in nature conservation.
Minister Al Olama said: “Under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and aligned with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the UAE is supporting international efforts and bolstering global partnerships to protect communities and societies. ‘Climate Future Week’ held during the UAE’s Year of Sustainability, is a key platform for launching meaningful and effective dialogues at the national, regional and global levels, exchanging best practices, and developing plans and strategies in order to develop robust solutions to address the present challenges facing our planet, as well as those which may arise in the future.”
AI in climate protection
He continued to underscore the importance of employing advanced technologies in the sectors of sustainability, environmental and climate protection, including artificial intelligence applications, which are able to accelerate the implementation of innovative technologies and qualitative solutions. This will further enhance opportunities for cooperation between various governments, institutions, and the private sector, thus contributing to achieving important milestones in international efforts to protect the earth.