This came during Dr. Al Jaber's participation in the activities of the COP28 Presidency Team on the second day of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly and Climate Week in New York, where the Presidency seeks to mobilize international support for its agenda, and consult with world leaders in the fields of politics, business and other sectors on ways to achieve progress at COP28, which the UAE will host later this year.

At the beginning of the conference's chairmanship, Al Jaber rang the bell to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange to help raise awareness among the US business community of the importance of climate finance.

Following his participation on the New York Stock Exchange, Sultan Al Jaber reiterated that COP28 will be the first edition of the COPs to focus on the leading role of cities and local actors around the world.

Sultan Al Jaber and Michael Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Climate Ambitions and Solutions, announced the holding of a national climate action summit within COP28, to be the first official summit to include local leaders around the world in the program and negotiation process of the Conference of the Parties, and the summit, hosted by the COP28 presidency and Bloomberg philanthropic foundations, will bring together climate action leaders at the local level, such as mayors, governors, business managers and heads of non-governmental organizations, to include their direct contributions to the COP negotiations.

The role of local leaders in climate action is one of the priorities of the COP28 Action Plan, as part of the pillar of fully inclusive of all.

Sultan Al Jaber attended the second Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit, along with the Award's founder, Prince William, Prince of Wales, and other distinguished guests, a global environmental award for discovering, accelerating and scaling up groundbreaking solutions that support the world in tackling climate change.

As part of his focus on finance, Al Jaber also attended a high-level panel discussion on climate finance, organized by the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero Emissions, which focused on attracting and catalyzing private capital to support climate action in emerging and developing markets.

Attendees included Mark Carney, Glasgow Co-Chair and UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance, Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Ajay Banga, President of the World Bank, Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, Janet Yellen, Secretary of the US Treasury, and Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Pioneer at COP27.

In addition, Dr. Al Jaber held several bilateral meetings with a number of leaders and VIPs, including Sir Alok Sharma, Chairman of COP26, Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, and Kostas Simitis, former Greek Prime Minister.

In addition to Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the COP28 Presidency team participating in New York included Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Community Development, COP28 Youth Climate Leader, Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Pioneer at COP28, Ambassador Majid Al Suwaidi, Director General and Special Representative of the UAE Presidency of the Conference, and Adnan Amin, CEO of COP28.

Razan Al Mubarak delivered an opening speech at a roundtable held by the Bezos Earth Fund, launched by billionaire Jeff Bezos to finance climate change activities, and Salesforce, a global cloud software company that uses 100% clean energy in its chain of operations, to focus on the goal of restoring and protecting 15 million hectares of mangrove forest by 2030 by increasing and accelerating funding, developing supportive policies, and providing the technology needed to achieve this goal.

She also spoke at an event hosted by the Women Environment and Development Organization about her efforts as the UN climate leader at COP28, and her focus on prioritizing the goal of gender equality.

For his part, Ambassador Majid Al Suwaidi delivered a speech in which he stressed the need to cooperate and leverage market forces to expand the scope of voluntary high-integrity carbon markets, during the opening of an event for the International Emissions Trade Association.