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UAE bids for 2023 UN climate conference

The United Arab Emirates has put itself forward to host COP 28, the UN’s 2023 international conference on climate change, saying it has already committed $US17 billion ($A22 billion) to renewable energy projects across the globe.

The annual Conference of Parties (COP) is the decision-making body responsible for monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The UAE exports oil and hosts the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) headquarters.

“The UAE has demonstrated a proven track record in progressive climate action and multilateral co-operation that makes it an ideal convener for COP 28,” UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was quoted as saying by state news agency WAM.

“The UAE has invested around $US17 billion ($A22 billion) in commercial renewable energy projects on six continents and provided over $US1 billion ($A1.3 billion) of grants and soft loans for renewable energy power plants.”

Britain will host the next summit, COP 26, in the Scottish city of Glasgow in November.

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