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President Hakainde Hichilema Heads to COP28 in Dubai, Pledges Zambia’s Commitment to Climate Action

President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia is set to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) High-Level Segment for Heads of State and Government at the 28th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

The event, themed “Racing for a Better World,” will take place from December 1st to 2nd, 2023.

President Hichilema’s participation comes at the invitation of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. 

Scheduled to deliver a statement during the High-Level Segment on December 1st, President Hichilema will also participate in the World Climate Action Summit, the G77 and China Leaders’ Summit, and engage in high-level roundtable events focusing on critical thematic areas.

The COP28 meeting aims to evaluate global progress in addressing climate change, negotiate agreements, and set the course for comprehensive global climate action. 

President Hichilema, known for his emphasis on the existential threat of climate change to humanity, will bring attention to Zambia’s struggles with the adverse effects of climate change, particularly on food, water, and energy security.

The President will use the platform to advocate for sustainable development, leverage new technologies, and mobilize resources to protect countries and the environment. 

The visit aligns with President Hichilema’s commitment to position Zambia as a global advocate for environmental sustainability and a leader in the green economy.

On the sidelines of the COP28 meetings, President Hichilema will engage in strategic bilateral discussions focusing on key areas such as energy, agriculture, trade, technology transfer, infrastructure, and tourism.

Hon. Stanley K. Kakubo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, emphasized the importance of the President’s participation in COP28. 

“President Hichilema’s attendance at COP28 underscores Zambia’s commitment to decisive climate action. The President aims to make Zambia a global beacon of environmental sustainability and a champion of the green economy,” stated Hon. Kakubo.

President Hichilema is expected to return to Zambia on Sunday, December 3rd, 2023, immediately after the conclusion of the High-Level Segment.

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