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Thursday, April 25, 2024

KING Charles to Attend COP 28 in Dubai

Buckingham Palace made an announcement on Wednesday, revealing that King Charles III is set to deliver an opening speech at the Cop28 climate summit in Dubai. The monarch will address world leaders during the opening ceremony scheduled for December 1. Following his speech, he plans to engage in meetings with regional leaders, as stated by a Buckingham Palace spokesperson.

Known for his dedication to environmental causes, King Charles received an invitation to Cop28 from President Sheikh Mohamed. While it is understood that he may touch upon matters related to the Gaza-Israel conflict, his primary focus remains on climate issues. King Charles has been a staunch advocate for a sustainable future for over five decades, according to a source within the royal family.

The source remarked, “His majesty believes that everyone has a role to play in addressing the most complex environmental challenges our world faces. The king’s unique ability to bring people together has proven instrumental in finding solutions and inspiring individuals and organizations globally.”

Additionally, it is anticipated that he will participate in the reception marking the launch of the inaugural Cop 28 Business and Philanthropy Climate Forum. This forum is a strategic partner of King Charles’ Sustainable Markets Initiative, which he established in 2020 during his tenure as the Prince of Wales. The initiative serves as a coalition dedicated to expediting the transition toward a more sustainable future for the environment, people, and the planet.

Notably, in his previous roles, he delivered the opening addresses at Cop26 in Glasgow in 2021 and Cop21 in Paris in 2015. He was unable to attend Cop27 last year due to an agreement reached while Liz Truss was prime minister, despite widespread reports of the monarch’s desire to attend in person.

King Charles’ history with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) goes back to 1989 when he visited with his then-wife, Diana, Princess of Wales. They were warmly welcomed by the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The visit, which included stops in Kuwait, aimed to promote trade, and the royal couple experienced Emirati hospitality in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. During this visit, they attended official receptions at the British embassy in Abu Dhabi and the British consulate in Dubai, where they met Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, who was Minister of Defence at the time and later became Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.

Prince Charles, as he was known then, returned to the UAE in 1999, 2007, 2014, and 2016. During his most recent visit, he and Camilla, then the Duchess of Cornwall, were given a tour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, accompanied by Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, who held the position of Minister of State for Tolerance at the time.

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