COP28 International: This picture taken on July 8, 2020 shows an aerial view of the Sheikh Zayed Road section of the E 11 highway and the Dubai Metro flyover in the Gulf emirate of Dubai.
(CNN)The ruler of Dubai said in a tweet on Thursday the United Arab Emirates has been selected to host the COP28 international climate conference in 2023.
“We will put all our capabilities to make the conference a success. The UAE will remain committed to global climate action to protect the planet,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who also serves as prime minister of the UAE.
It will be the second time in as many years that the annual talks will be held in the Middle East, with Egypt set to host them in 2022, and the third time the talks are hosted by a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Former OPEC member Qatar hosted in 2012 and Indonesia did in 2007.
Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, UAE’s minister of climate change and environment, said on Twitter the UAE is ready to deliver a meeting that mobilizes countries to boost their efforts to fight climate change.
“Hosting this global gathering will provide us with a prime opportunity to involve our most dynamic segment of society – our youth