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MENA Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs to Advance Climate Action at COP28

In partnership with 27 YPO Middle East/North Africa chapters, the Road to COP28 event brought together over 350 well-known business executives, entrepreneurs, and government representatives to mobilize group efforts and elevate regional business aspirations in addressing climate change ahead of COP28.

The COP28 President, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Abdulla Al Basti, Secretary General of The Executive Council of Dubai, Lieutenant General Mohammed Al Marri, Director General of the Federal Authority for Identity & Citizenship, Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, Mohammad Ali bin Rashed Lootah, President & CEO of Dubai Chambers, and other officials attended the event, which was co-hosted by Badr Jafar, Special Representative for Business and Philanthropy for COP28.

In her keynote talk, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28 Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak outlined the objectives and vision of the COP28 Presidency, stressing the vital role that private investment mobilization plays in filling climate finance shortages.

The COP28 Presidency is totally dedicated to promoting inclusivity and acknowledges that industry and philanthropy are crucial partners in creating group strategies for reaching net-zero pathways and sustainable development.

Attendees took part in discussions addressing important facets of climate action supported by business sector efforts at COP28. These included talks about how the energy sector can help reduce global emissions and the policies that drive this, how climate finance and technological innovation can work together, how the built environment and climate are related, and how to address the climate crisis while protecting natural resources and food systems.

“Government and civil society cannot do the job themselves in the battle against climate change,” said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, President of COP28. If a fair and responsible energy transition is to happen, a significant amount of private sector funding will be needed.

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