Dubai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Dubai on Thursday night to attend the 28th Conference of Parties (COP28) summit. He received a grand welcome at Dubai airport. Pm Modi will participate in the World Climate Action Summit of COP28 to be held today. Despite gaining the 'tagon' of being the world's two biggest polluters, the leaders of the US and China are not participating in COP28.
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As soon as PM Modi landed at Dubai airport, excited members of the Indian diaspora waiting outside a hotel sang 'Saare Jahan Se Achcha' and chanted 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' as well as 'Vande Mataram'. The number of people who love PM Modi is increasing all over the world. Whichever country he goes to, his fans are seen there. There is no shortage of fans of PM Modi in Dubai too.
"Landed in Dubai to attend the COP-28 Summit... Looking forward to the summit, which aims to create a better planet. The grand welcome in Dubai is a testimony to our vibrant culture and strong ties."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in Dubai on Thursday night, called for climate financing and technology transfer to developing countries to empower them to effectively address the challenges posed by climate change. Pm Modi will participate in the World Climate Action Summit on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP28) on climate change today. The World Climate Action Summit is a high-level segment of COP28.
PM Modi's participation in COP28 is more than the World Climate Action Summit... Because he is ready to participate in three additional programs. COP28, chaired by the UAE, runs from November 30 to December 12. Pm Modi underlined the importance of COP28 as a platform to review the progress made under the Paris Agreement and prepare a road map on future climate action.
The climate talks in Dubai are at a critical juncture, as global emissions continue to rise. The United Nations announced on Thursday that 2023 is on track to be the hottest year on record, which needs urgent action. Under this, the estimation of losses and damages and the establishment of the fund, which had long been advocated by climate-sensitive nations, registered an early victory at COP28.
The United Arab Emirates and the European Union (EU) made initial commitments of $100 million and $246 million, respectively, to address the challenges of climate change. However, they are less than the $100 billion needed by developing countries to deal with the devastating effects of climate change.
COP28, which is set to be the largest climate conference in history, is hosting more than 140 heads of state and government, double the number from last year's COP27. During the conference, the President will deliver speeches on Friday and Saturday. Britain's King Charles III will officially launch the event with a formal address.
The UAE is expected to lead an agreement to triple renewable energy capacity by 2030 and double the annual pace of energy efficiency improvements. Important talks will be held from November 30 to December 12. However, experts have said that building trust between countries can prove to be a major obstacle during this period.
As the conference began, delegates observed a minute's silence as a mark of respect to the innocent people killed in Gaza. On the sidelines of the summit, Israeli President Isaac Herzog met his UAE counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was scheduled to attend COP28, but his office said the Palestinian foreign minister would attend in his place.
Despite gaining the 'tagon' of being the world's two biggest polluters, the leaders of the US and China are not participating in COP28. However, in a rare show of unity, the two countries have issued a joint climate declaration ahead of the summit.