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Challenge Launched at COP28 to Harness Artificial Intelligence for Climate Action in Developing Countries

The UN Climate Change Technology Executive Committee (TEC), together with Enterprise Neurosystem, a non-profit open-source artificial intelligence (AI) community, has launched the AI Innovation Grand Challenge to identify and support the development of AI-powered solutions for climate action in developing countries.

The launch was part of a COP28 high-level event organized by the UN Climate Change Technology Mechanism in collaboration with the COP28 Presidency.

Speaking at the launch UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiell, said the world is seeing increasing evidence that artificial intelligence can prove an invaluable instrument in tackling climate change.

“While we remain mindful of the associated challenges and risks of AI, the Innovation Grand Challenge is a promising step forward in harnessing the power of artificial intelligence and empowering innovators in developing countries,” he said.

In his remarks, the Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, United Arab Emirates, H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama, said: that harnessing artificial intelligence as a strategic asset to mitigate climate change involves integrating it into national policies and plans.

“This integration facilitates the use of data analytics to align policy with real-time climate data, thereby enhancing its efficacy and advancing technological development and scientific discovery in the field of energy.

“These measures and policies should not be viewed in isolation, but rather as a unified global initiative, acknowledging that climate change transcends geographical boundaries and requires concerted global efforts,” he added.

Artificial intelligence is already being used to predict climate patterns and extreme weather events, improve crop yields, reduce water usage, or optimize renewable energy systems.

The COP28 event brought together leaders from governments, the United Nations, development cooperation agencies, and businesses to discuss how AI can be used for transformational climate action in developing nations while ensuring that it does not contribute to widening the digital divide caused by unequal access to technology.

By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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