Meeting COP28 hosted by Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) 

By Vatican News

Nov 14 2023

Following the Sunday Angelus catechesis, Pope Francis paid tribute to the two year anniversary Laudato Si’ Action Platform that aims to sensitize and promote care for the environment. And he asked everyone remember in their prayers the forthcoming UN Conference on Climate Change in Dubai.

In his greetings to the crowds gathered for the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis recalled the launch two years ago of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform that offers useful tools for the care of the environment, our common home. An initiative of the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development, the Platform offers a shared space assisting the Church to develop concrete responses to the ecological crisis, as described by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato si’ and more specifically in his recent document Laudate Deum

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform provides guidance, suggests actions and gives support to families, parishes, dioceses, educational institutions, health facilities, organisations, workers, businesses and even religious communities in efforts to care for our common home.

“I thank those who have joined in this initiative and encourage them to continue on the path of ecological conversion.”

The Pope then followed by asking to “pray for the Dubai Climate Change Conference, COP28, which is now close at hand.” The Climate Change Conference, COP28 will bring together world leaders in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from Nov 30 to Dec 12 to find aggreement on policies aimed at limiting the rise in global temperature and dealing with the impacts associated with climate change. 

The conference will also be attended by Pope Francis himself, who will deliver a speech on Dec 2. The Pope will travel to the United Arab Emirates from Dec 1 to 3. In addition to attending COP28, he will have private bilateral meetings and inaugurate the “Pavilion of Faith” at Expo City, designed to inspire more concrete action to curb climate change. – Vatican News