About COP 22

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The international political response to climate change began at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, where the ‘Rio Convention’ included the adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This convention set out a framework for action aimed at stabilising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to avoid “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”

The UNFCCC which entered into force on 21 March 1994, now has a near-universal membership of 195 parties.

The main objective of the annual Conference of Parties (COP) is to review the Convention’s implementation. The first COP took place in Berlin in 1995 and significant meetings since then have included COP3 where the Kyoto Protocol was adopted, COP11 where the Montreal Action Plan was produced, COP15 in Copenhagen where an agreement to success Kyoto Protocol was unfortunately not realised and COP17 in Durban where the Green Climate Fund was created.

Masdar is proud to be part of the United Arab Emirates’ delegation to the COP22 Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh.

The UAE is the first GCC country to have ratified the Paris Agreement, and participation at COP22 is crucial in order to carry forward global momentum into action, following the landmark agreement at COP21.

Hosted in the MENA region, the Marrakesh summit will be vital in helping the region to transform challenges into economic opportunities, support efforts in energy diversification, and build capacity to drive climate change solutions.