Buckingham Palace has confirmed that King Charles III will attend the COP28 local weather summit in Dubai subsequent month.
The king – a long-time advocate of bolder motion to fight local weather change – will ship the opening tackle on the World Local weather Motion Summit, a gathering of world leaders that may open the annual two-week convention.
This would be the first time he’ll attend a COP summit as king. After taking part in a senior diplomatic function because the Prince of Wales at COP26 hosted by the UK in 2021, there was confusion final yr over whether or not he would attend the COP27 summit in Egypt. Downing Road ultimately confirmed that he wouldn’t go as a result of it was not “the suitable event”.
Buckingham Palace mentioned that the king will attend this yr “on the invitation” of UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and “on the request” of the UK authorities.
He’ll communicate on the summit on Friday, December 1, and “will take the chance to carry conferences with regional leaders” forward of the occasion, in line with a press release from the palace.