COP28, Day 1 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

During her visit to the Tanzanian Exhibition Pavilion at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on December 2, 2023, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Samia Suluhu Hassan, actively engaged with various Tanzanians. In addition to interacting with a diverse audience, she specifically addressed and conversed with youth participants who are actively involved in environmental issues within the country. This interaction at the Expo Dubai grounds highlighted President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s commitment to fostering dialogue and collaboration on crucial environmental matters during the global climate conference.

President Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan called on global leaders to fulfill unmet promises, particularly regarding adequate financing for climate restoration, as the world grapples with escalating temperatures due to delayed actions. She addressed heads of state and international leaders at the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) in Dubai, UAE.

COP 28, a part of the United Nations climate change conferences, serves to assess the progress made by UN members in addressing climate change. President Samia emphasized unmet commitments, such as the Copenhagen climate agreement, where nations pledged $100 billion annually for climate actions. Another unmet promise highlighted was the Paris Agreement, aiming to limit global carbon emissions to below 1.5 degrees Celsius, stressing the urgent need for commitment to counteract earth warming.

Stressing the urgency, President Samia called for a global goal on adaptation framework, emphasizing the necessity to align intentions with actions. She expressed concerns that unfulfilled commitments erode global solidarity and trust in achieving sustainable development targets, impacting climate adaptation and resilience.

President Samia underscored the adverse effects of climate change on developing countries, citing Tanzania’s two to three percent reduction in GDP due to persistent climate challenges. She urged adherence to scientific guidelines and emphasized Tanzania’s commitment to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), advocating for clean cooking energy with a plea for international financial support.

The President envisioned COP28 as a catalyst for climate adaptation financing, emphasizing the importance of accessible, predictable, and transparent funds for developing countries facing the most significant burdens.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation announced President Samia’s hosting of three high-level side events focusing on clean cooking energy, sustainable agriculture, and the blue economy. One such initiative is the “Africa Women Clean Cooking Support Programme (AWCCSP),” aiming to empower women by addressing health, environmental, and economic challenges related to traditional cooking methods.

The statement also outlined bilateral meetings between President Samia and counterparts, with the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) covering employment, academic cooperation, security, anti-terrorism efforts, education, science, and vocational training.

COP28, themed “Unite, Act, and Deliver” globally, is observed by Tanzania under the slogan “Strengthen resilient agriculture and blue economy to prevent climate change.” The event, attended by 70,000 participants, including 160 heads of state, is expected to expedite the transition to clean energy, catalyze climate financing, fulfill past commitments, and establish a framework for a new climate financing approach.

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