The European Union wants the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to contribute to a climate change fund ahead of COP28, Bloomberg reported on Friday. Some observers are skeptical that the gas-rich Gulf state can lead on environmental issues.
The EU plans to push the UAE to financially contribute to a fund that will help poorer countries pay for the damage caused by extreme weather. Bloomberg reported that the move would be a signal to countries that emit significant amounts of carbon dioxide, such as Saudi Arabia and China, to help pay for climate-related damage.
The UAE did not immediately comment on the report.
The 2023 United Nations’ climate change conference, dubbed COP28, will begin in Dubai on Nov. 30.