UAE: All About the 'Faith Pavilion' at the COP28 UN Climate Summit

  • Publish date: Monday، 13 November 2023 Last update: Tuesday، 21 November 2023
UAE: All About the 'Faith Pavilion' at the COP28 UN Climate Summit

Pope Francis is scheduled to address the inaugural "Faith Pavilion" opening at the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference in the United Arab Emirates.

Taking place from November 30th to December 12th, this global gathering of political leaders aims to evaluate their efforts in combating climate change. Notably, religious figures, including Pope Francis, who holds the dual roles of head of state and leader of the worldwide Catholic Church, will assume a more significant role during the conference.

Additionally, the Pope is slated to deliver a speech at the summit and engage in bilateral meetings during his visit to Dubai from December 1st to 3rd.

The hosting responsibilities for the Faith Pavilion at COP28 will be undertaken collaboratively by several organizations, including the U.N. Environmental Program, the Muslim Council of Elders, the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, the Episcopal Diocese of California, and numerous other faith-based groups.

The venue can host up to 100 individuals and will be the venue for 65 sessions focusing on the efforts of significant religious communities in addressing climate change. The represented faiths include Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Baha'i, Buddhism, Indigenous religions, and Zoroastrianism.

Several prominent religious figures are scheduled to address the pavilion, including Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis from the United Kingdom, Bishop Thomas Schirrmacher, who serves as the secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance based in New York, and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, the president of the Divine Shakti Foundation in India.

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