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The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Kyoto Protocol is the annual forum for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The next meeting will take place this year in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt for the very first time in the Global South, and at COP26 in Glasgow last November, the UAE were invited to host COP28 in 2023.

It was announced today that the meeting of world leaders from November 6 to 17, 2023, will be held in Dubai at Expo City, the legacy district of the 2020 world fair. Both Expo 2020 and COP28 share similar objectives, with the expo being an exemplar in the delivery of LEED Platinum and Gold sustainable development that is expected to be populated and developed into a contemporary smart district that demonstrates decarbonised sustainable development in response to climate action. During the expo period over half of the electricity to power the event was generated from renewable sources, with much of this on the site itself.

Information on the key design inspirations, challenges and achievements that were accomplished in the delivery of Dubai Expo 2020, its thematic districts and iconic pavilions can be found here , and its legacy, District 2020 and the 15 Minute City can be found here.

Since COP26, the UAE has committed to develop and implement long term strategies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; driving innovation and developing climate smart solutions to conserve natural resources; adopting net-zero transition strategies and committed to submitting it’s revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).

And through the adoption of a practical, realistic, integrated, and inclusive approach in ensuring the participation of all nations and parties to achieve the collective goals of the Paris Agreement (2015) *, will address the hosting of the 28th forum within an urban fabric that physically demonstrates the way forward for the built environment.

COP26 called for more funds to be created for developing countries to help them in the process of adaptation, in support of environmental protection and sustainable development the UAE has committed $50 billion for clean energy projects to be distributed across more than 40 of these countries, with a promise of a further $50 billion over the next decade.

The UAE is committed to delivering a successful and inclusive COP28 that will “advance critical climate negotiations and create equal opportunities for all stakeholders and segments of society to find practical solutions”. The summit will serve as a platform for the UAE to promote its view of climate action as an opportunity that drives sustainable economic and social development for all nations.

*The Paris Agreement is the international treaty on climate change that legally binds all parties involved in its goal of limiting the rise of global temperatures below an average of 1.5°C which was adopted during COP21 in Paris in 2015.

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Sandra Woodall

This blog was created by tangram’s Design Director and founder of tangramTERRA Ms Sandra Woodall, a passionate environmentalist, architect, urbanist, researcher, pre-covid travelholic and baker of vegan treats. She is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and the Academy of Urbanism (AoU). Sandra is an award-winning designer who leads our MENA region studio who were recognised as the “2019 MENA Architecture Firm of the Year” by the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED), and who have received accolades including six international sustainable design awards for five different projects in four years. She is the RIBA Regional Ambassador for Sustainability, promoting and developing UK design and management skills across the MENA region, and is the UAE country representative on the RIBA Gulf Chapter. She founded, curates and presents the Chapters’ ongoing “Sustainable Development Series” to share awareness, knowledge, skills, tools and best practice with built environment professionals across the GCC and to showcase projects, methods, procedures and strategies to empower and equip us all to meet the challenges faced in delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals across the region.

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