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COP28 Presidency to Ensure Awareness for Indigenous Communities

The COP28 presidency has set out plans to ensure indigenous communities will have their voices heard at November’s crucial climate summit in Dubai, UAE.

The announcement was made by the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, Ms Razan Al Mubarak.
She stressed the need for the 2023 conference to be accessible to all sections of society.

Al Mubarak said that the measures would include financial support to allow elders to attend the global summit in Dubai, as well as subsidized accommodation for 150 delegates and translation services.

The COP28 team will also fund a report centered on direct access to finance for indigenous people undertaking climate action.

“Indigenous Peoples are one of the nine official constituencies-organisations which have the status of observers – in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“Still, their valuable perspectives remain underrepresented in multilateral climate processes, and they receive a very small share of the international funding for climate action,” she said.

Al Mubarak, who is also the President, International Union for Conservation of Nature, said the COP28 presidency and the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions team had been engaging with indigenous people organisations throughout the year.

“One recurring theme in the discussions has been the need for greater inclusion of indigenous people in the negotiation process.

“This is far more than a moral imperative; we simply won’t be able to solve the climate crisis without authentically incorporating the leadership of Indigenous Peoples and other traditionally underrepresented groups such as women and youth,” she said.

Dr Sultan Al Jaber is the COP28 President-Designate and UAE’s Special Envoy for Climate Change.

The UAE will host the 28th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)) from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12 at Expo City, Dubai.

The annual conference brings together world leaders, ministers, and negotiators to agree on how to address issues on climate change.

By Muhyideen Jimoh


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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