ABU DHABI, 7th February, 2023 (WAM) — The incoming Presidency of the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD).
Signed by Majid Al Suwaidi, Director-General and Special Representative of COP28, and Mariët Westermann, NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor, this MoU will foster cooperation between the two entities on knowledge-sharing activities, public programming focused on climate action and enhanced youth engagement opportunities in the lead up to the UAE-hosted UN Climate Change conference.
NYU Abu Dhabi will support the organisation of a University Task Force comprising UAE-based universities and higher education institutes to collaborate on facilitating dialogues, workshops, public events and youth participation ahead of COP28. NYUAD’s research is conducted through multiple centres and laboratories, including the Water Research Centre and Arabian Centre for Climate and Environmental Sciences (ACCESS).
In addition, NYUAD will host the global Student Energy Summit 2023, organised by NYUAD’s student leaders and hosted on both the university campus and the Dubai Expo city. It will also develop public programming and youth engagement opportunities leading up to and during COP28, led by entities such as The Arts Centre, The Art Gallery, and The Institute at NYU Abu Dhabi.
Commenting on the MoU, Al Suwaidi said, “The UAE recognises that the young people of today will be the climate leaders of tomorrow, and is committed to raising climate awareness within the country and worldwide. The COP28 Presidency’s partnership with NYU Abu Dhabi is an important step towards engaging with the academic community and our youth, while ensuring open and inclusive dialogue at COP28, while the expertise provided by the university will help drive a constructive and solutions-oriented approach to climate action.”
Westermann, in turn, stated, “Climate change is one of the most significant challenges of our time, and our path forward must be charted through collaboration between universities, governments, businesses, and civil society organisations. We must recognise the world’s youth as the most critical stakeholders in this collective work.
The MoU, she said, will offer even more transformative courses and research on climate change and climate awareness and help drive sustainable growth in the UAE as the country gears up to host COP28.
As the host country of COP28, the UAE is committed to multilateral cooperation and an inclusive process that brings together emerging economies with developed nations, civil society, and businesses to achieve the solutions and the pace of change required.