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The United Arab Emirates is to bid to host the UN climate change summit in 2030.
They will join Morocco and Indonesia, who are making similar moves ahead of the 2019 meeting in Poland.
All three countries are also bidding to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup, which will be staged in Qatar.
According to a report on Thursday in The Economist, the UAE’s bid to host the COP28 event comes amid a strategic alliance with Europe to lead climate change solutions.
The king of Morocco has already toured the UK, while a new partnership is said to be in the works to put the European Union on a climate change platform.
In a statement, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said the UAE bid was a “matter of national importance”.
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He also said the commitment to improve the UAE’s energy mix is part of the Vision 2021 plan, which is meant to achieve sustainable development and boost job creation in the UAE.
Mr Gargash said he had met with various UN officials and representatives of the European Union.
Dubai – which also wants to host an international film festival in the UAE and a “climate change and social mobility” conference in 2020 – was recently appointed to host the 2019 Climate Week UAE, a week-long festival of the environment.
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Bahrain is also said to be considering a bid for 2020. It plans to take part in a Gulf Arab summit in Oman this June to discuss climate change.
The King of Morocco has already toured the UK, as did Sri Lanka’s foreign minister this week, ahead of hosting the Southern Climate Change Conference in Colombo on 30 May.
But there has been no public bid from India and the world’s third largest carbon emitter China has said it is focusing on building a community of shared future rather than one on shared problems.
“Citizens feel compassion for other people in the world but they only have time to follow the news headlines.
“China is focusing on building a community of shared future rather than one on shared problems, and it’s a credit to the world for that,” environmental expert Zhang Xiangchen told the Associated Press news agency.
The COP28, or Conference of the Parties, is where countries and organisations involved in the process to address climate change come together.
No other country has said it will be bidding for 2030. Indonesia has already won the right to host a COP22 summit in Bali from 2015 to 2020.