US Vice President Harris to Attend COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai – According to sources from Bloomberg News, Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to attend the COP28 climate summit in Dubai. Alongside Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other top-ranking American officials, she will participate in the two-week event starting this Thursday.
Set in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the 28th edition of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP28) on climate is slated to take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12. Notably, this oil-producing nation will host world leaders, such as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
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Over the course of two weeks, the gathering of global leaders seeks to evaluate the current status of efforts to curb emissions, aiming to mitigate global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) compared to pre-industrial levels. Emirati officials stated on Tuesday that they anticipate more than 70,000 participants at the discussions, including heads of state.
However, on medical advice, Pope Francis opted to cancel his Dubai trip for the U.N. climate conference, as he recuperates from flu and lung inflammation, according to the Vatican. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unlikely to attend the talks, as conveyed by Israel’s Foreign Ministry to The Associated Press on Tuesday night.
Foreign Minister Eli Cohen also won’t be present at the summit, citing the ongoing war. Following Hamas’ attack on Israel on Oct. 7, Arab nations have expressed fury over the intense bombardment and ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. Despite the UAE’s diplomatic recognition deal with Israel in 2020, public discontent persists in this autocratic nation comprised of seven sheikhdoms.
Despite receiving an invitation from Emirati leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Syrian President Bashar Assad will not be in attendance, as reported by the pro-government newspaper Al-Watan. Leading the country’s delegation will be Syrian Prime Minister Hussein Arnous. Over the past year, Assad has gradually reentered Arab regional politics, despite his harsh crackdown on 2011 Arab Spring protesters, leading to a civil war that escalated into a regional conflict.