The “World Summit of Religious Leaders for the Climate” was held in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates.
The summit, organized by the Muslim Council of Elders in partnership with the Presidency of the “COP28” Conference, the United Nations Development Program, and the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence, brought together 28 religious leaders who signed the “Conscience Summit: Unifying Efforts for the Revival of the Planet Earth, Abu Dhabi Joint Statement on COP28,” to reaffirm the commitment of religious leaders to address climate change and contribute to raising climate ambitions in preparation for COP28, scheduled to take place in Dubai at the end of this month, according to WAM news agency.
The “Abu Dhabi Joint Statement on COP28 Religions” calls for decisive actions to maintain the possibility of avoiding the global temperature increase exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius, support communities affected by the consequences of climate change, and points out the common concerns of humanity due to the increasing negative effects of climate change threatening the planet Earth.
The signatories of the statement, representing various religions and the beliefs of indigenous peoples, have committed to uniting and working together to address the global climate crisis.
The statement focused on inclusivity and called for comprehensive dialogue during and after the COP meetings with religious leaders and representatives of communities most affected by climate change, youth, women’s organizations, the scientific and academic community, to form alliances capable of promoting sustainable development.
The Religious Leaders Summit came after two days of an exceptional meeting in Abu Dhabi on activating the Loss and Damage Mechanism and its financing arrangements to assist those individuals most affected by the repercussions of climate change in recovering from climate disasters. Yesterday, the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, received the participants in the “World Summit of Religious Leaders for the Climate” which concluded in Abu Dhabi, according to the official WAM agency.
During the meeting, the President of the UAE welcomed the state’s guests, praising the “Conscience Summit: Unifying Efforts for the Revival of Planet Earth, Abu Dhabi Joint Statement on COP28,” which the summit participants signed and was received by the (COP 28) presidency.
He pointed out that the document represents an important global message to enhance participation and unify international efforts in the field of climate action for a better future for humanity.
He emphasized the importance of the role of religious leaders in instilling awareness and common social responsibility among people worldwide towards protecting the planet Earth, due to their influence in their communities.