His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence of the United Arab Emirates, honored the organizing partners of the Faith Pavilion at COP28, the first of its kind in the history of COP conferences.
The honoring took place during the inauguration ceremony of the Faith Pavilion, organized by the Muslim Council of Elders in collaboration with the COP28 Presidency, the UAE's Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence, and the United Nations Environment Programme at Expo City Dubai, in the presence of Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State of the Vatican, and Dr. Salama Dawood, President of Al-Azhar University, along with various officials and religious leaders.
Faith Pavilion partners were honored with commemorative medals, including Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE's Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and President of COP28, Dr. Salama Dawood, President of Al-Azhar University, Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso, Prefect of the Vatican's Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue, Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam, the Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders, Her Excellency Afra Al Sabri, the General Director of the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence in the UAE and His Excellency Miguel Ángel Moratinos, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.
The Faith Pavilion at COP28 aims to provide a global platform for exchanging perspectives, fostering consensus, finding solutions, and forming partnerships to propose recommendations for enhancing environmental justice. It also seeks to engage religious communities, decision-makers, and other stakeholders in civil society to develop a shared vision to address the challenges of climate change.
The Faith Pavilion, the first of its kind in the history of COP conferences, organizes numerous events and activities with representatives from 9 religions, 54 countries, and more than 70 organizations and institutions worldwide. These include universities, youth, religious, indigenous peoples', governmental and non-governmental international organizations, women's institutions, and humanitarian aid organizations. The pavilion offers various programs and activities, including 65 dialogue and discussion sessions with over 325 speakers, focusing on promoting a shared consensus regarding climate action.