Universities Climate Network commences ahead of COP28

Chaired by NYU Abu Dhabi, the network is comprised of 12 UAE-based universities and higher education institutions

The youth is getting involved in the Year of Sustainability in a major way.

Aimed at encouraging youth engagement in the United Arab Emirates in the lead-up to COP28, the Universities Climate Network (UCN), which is chaired by NYU Abu Dhabi, is comprised of 12 UAE-based universities and higher education institutions.

Participating institutions include the American University of Sharjah, Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy, Higher Colleges of Technology, Khalifa University, Masdar Institute, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, Mohamed bin Zayed University for Humanities, National Defence College, NYU Abu Dhabi, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates University, and Zayed University.

The UCN’s inaugural activation, Ramadan Talks takes place at various institutions and will welcome key speakers from the industry to discuss climate change-related topics, including climate diplomacy, the hydrogen economy, urban modernity in the contemporary Gulf, and why COP28 matters, among others.

Supporting young people, in March this year, the COP28 UAE Presidency launched the ‘International Youth Climate Delegate Program’. Elevating the voices, perspectives, and priorities of the global youth in the multilateral COP process, the International YCDP will select 100 youth delegates primarily from least developed countries (LDC) and small island developing states (SIDS), to participate in climate negotiations and related public-private partnership initiatives. Registrations closed on April 7 2023.

COP28 UAE will take place at Expo City Dubai from November 30 to December 12, 2023. The Conference is expected to convene over 70,000 participants, including heads of state, government officials, international industry leaders, private sector representatives, academics, experts, youth, and non-state actors.


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