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UAE’s Cop28 leadership shifts international perceptions

Mariam Al Mheiri said there were a lot of people who needed clarification on whether the UAE could pull off the summit.

Mariam Al Mheiri said there were a lot of people who needed clarification on whether the UAE could pull off the summit.

Challenging Perceptions

Mariam Al Mheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and the Environment, highlighted the UAE’s significant strides at Cop28, indicating a shift in global perceptions about the nation’s capabilities and commitments. 

She acknowledged initial doubts among skeptics regarding the UAE’s ability to host and lead the conference effectively.

Altered Perspectives

Al Mheiri emphasized a noticeable change in how the world views the UAE post-Cop28. The successful adaptation of the summit’s agenda and the launch of initiatives like the loss and damage fund have reshaped opinions. 

She noted that the early achievements of the Cop28 presidency have positively impacted global perceptions, showcasing the UAE’s competence on the international stage.

A Turning Point

In an interview with The National, Al Mheiri described these accomplishments as a wake-up call for observers. The UAE’s efficient management of the summit’s proceedings and satisfaction among involved parties have prompted a reevaluation. 

The minister stressed that despite being a smaller nation, the UAE effectively ensured the satisfaction of all stakeholders from the outset of Cop28.

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