The UAE will be hosting the COP28 (Conference of Parties 28) later this year
India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have called for "global collective action " to address the challenge of climate change.

"Both leaders urgently call upon the international community to expedite efforts in order to preserve the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement through the fulfilment of nationally determined contributions and the display of solidarity and support," said a Joint Statement on Climate Change issued after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Saturday (July 15, 2023).

The UAE will be hosting the COP28 (Conference of Parties 28) later this year. During the meeting, Prime Minister Modi congratulated the UAE as the selected host country and extended his full support to the UAE’s COP28 Incoming Presidency. President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in turn, congratulated India for its leadership role in the G20.

Both leaders underscored the imperative of achieving "ambitious, balanced, and implementation-oriented outcomes" at COP28 across all the important pillars of global climate action; namely the mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage and means of implementation including climate finance. They also stressed emphasize the necessity of international cooperation in supporting developing nations to respond effectively to the adverse impacts of climate change, in accordance with the provisions of the Convention and the Paris Agreement.

Referring to the need for fortifying the adaptation capacities of developing countries in the face of climate impacts, the joint statement said, "Concrete progress is indispensable in developing the global goal on adaptation (GGA), with a focus on critical areas such as transforming food systems, water management, , safeguarding natural carbon sinks including mangroves, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and safeguarding public health".

India's Prime Minister and the UAE's President emphasized the necessity of international cooperation in supporting vulnerable communities to respond effectively to the most adverse impacts of climate change, in accordance with the provisions of the Paris Agreement. In this regard, they expressed the need to accelerate efforts to respond to issues of loss and damage and address the adverse effects of climate by urging Parties to operationalise the loss and damage fund and funding arrangements of COP28.

They also noted that investments in renewable energy, green hydrogen, utilization and storage technologies, energy efficiency, and other low-carbon solutions will have the potential to accelerate sustainable economic growth and also foster job creation.

According to the joint statement, both leaders emphasized the importance of a just energy transition within the framework of climate change, which rests upon three equally significant pillars: energy security and accessibility, economic prosperity, and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions all achieved in a just, and equitable manner.

"They reiterated that UAE and India unequivocally support universal access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy for all, as an integral component of a broader low-carbon development trajectory, recognizing that millions of individuals lack access to energy," the statement added.

The two leaders emphasized that the UAE and India are united in their determination to ensure the successful outcome at COP28 as an inclusive and action-oriented conference that creates a new momentum for effective climate action and international cooperation to advance the goals of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement.

They committed to enhance cooperation on climate ambition, decarbonization, and clean energy, and work together to have tangible and meaningful outcomes from the 28th Session of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties.

While in Abu Dhabi, Prime Minister Modi also met President-designate of CoP28 and Group CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Sultan Al Jaber.

Their discussions centered around the forthcoming COP-28 of UNFCCC under UAE's Presidency. Jaber briefed the Indian Prime Minister on UAE's approach to this important meeting. Prime Minister Modi conveyed India’s full support to UAE for its COP-28 Presidency.

Prime Minister Modi also highlighted India's efforts and initiatives to address climate change, including International SolarAlliance, Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, International Year of Millets and Mission Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE).

The discussions also covered energy cooperation between India and UAE, the MEA said.