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PARIS - The Office of the UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change and the Government of France have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to maximise the social and economic benefits of climate action and raise ambition for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, as well as support for the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) which will be hosted at Dubai Expo City in 2023.

The MoU signing ceremony took place during President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan's state visit to France to reinforce and expand the longstanding strategic partnership between the two countries.

In the presence of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Catherine Colonna, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the MoU was signed by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change, and Agnès Pannier-Runacher, French Minister of Energy Transition.

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber said, "As the host country of COP28 in 2023, the UAE is keen to work closely with France to convert promises into pragmatic outcomes that will benefit all countries and communities, recognising that climate action can be a key driver to building a new low-emissions economic growth model underpinned by sustainability, creating new industries, skills and jobs needed for the future."