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King Charles to Deliver Opening Address at COP28 U.N. Climate Summit in Dubai

Buckingham Palace announced on Wednesday that King Charles, who has been a dedicated advocate for environmental causes for over five decades, will deliver the opening address at the upcoming COP28 U.N. global climate summit in Dubai. This marks the third occasion where the British monarch, aged 74, will have the honor of delivering the inaugural speech at a major climate summit, previously doing so at COP26 in Glasgow and COP21 in Paris.

The COP28 summit is scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 12, and King Charles will also attend a reception to inaugurate the COP28 Business and Philanthropy Climate Forum, which will run concurrently with the main event, as confirmed by Buckingham Palace.

In addition to his role at the summit, the palace statement revealed that King Charles would use this opportunity to engage in meetings with regional leaders before the official commencement of COP28.

It's worth noting that King Charles was unable to attend COP27 in Egypt, with reports in newspapers suggesting that the former British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, had advised him against doing so. However, for COP28, the palace has clarified that his attendance is on behalf of the government, and the invitation to attend came directly from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates.

In contrast, it has been reported that U.S. President Joe Biden is unlikely to attend COP28, despite his praise for King Charles' leadership in climate-related matters during COP26 in Glasgow. This marks a notable difference in U.S. representation at the upcoming climate summit.

At the core of the discussions in Dubai will be the pursuit of a global agreement on expanding renewable energy capacity. The summit will be dedicated to addressing the gaps in the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement, with participating nations aiming to make significant strides in promoting sustainability and combating climate change on a global scale.

King Charles' involvement in the event, with his longstanding commitment to environmental issues, underscores the importance of international cooperation in tackling the climate crisis and seeking viable solutions to safeguard the planet for future generations.



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