Universities launch youth climate network ahead of COP28

Universities across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have joined hands to launch a climate network that supports youth-focused objectives ahead of the upcoming COP28 conference in the UAE, reports Gulf News.

Aimed at encouraging youth engagement in the UAE 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. These 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 will support our goal of creating a more inclusive and participatory environment for young people to be leaders in climate action. Continuing the positive legacy established at previous COPs, the UCN will mobilise young people through meaningful dialogue and amplify the efforts of the COP28 Presidency including our Youth Climate Champion. Incubators of the next generation, universities play a key role in nurturing innovation and providing young voices with platforms to express their views and to contribute to policy shaping discussions that are most important to their needs,” said Majid Al Suwaidi, director-general and special representative of COP28 UAE.
Full report on the Gulf News site