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A quarter of Dubai businesses surveyed took environmental initiatives ahead of delegates arriving at Cop28

Dubai businesses stepped up sustainability ahead of Cop28

Dubai companies accelerated their sustainability initiatives in the run-up to the UAE’s hosting of the Cop28 summit, which commenced on Thursday.   According to a survey of Dubai companies conducted by AGBI and the British Business Group (BBG), more than one quarter (26 percent) of the BBG’s 72 members said they had ramped up their sustainability initiatives in the […]

Jordan's King Abdullah II, left, India's prime minister Narendra Modi, centre, and Cop28 president Sultan Al Jaber

World leaders unite after UN secretary general’s warning

United Nations general secretary António Guterres has issued a call to arms for hydrocarbon producers across the world and appealed for them to “lead the transition to renewables”. In his address at the opening ceremony of the UN Cop28 in Dubai on Friday morning, Guterres likened the climate challenge to a sickness that only global […]

Person, Architecture, Building Flags were barely raised before countries reached their first deal on the climate damage fund

UAE’s $100m leads climate disaster fund Cop28 pledges

Negotiators at Cop28 in Dubai struck the first deal of the summit on Thursday evening, officially agreeing to set up a fund to help vulnerable countries recover from damage caused by climate change.  The plan to create a United Nations-led “loss and damage” fund was hailed as a breakthrough for negotiations at Cop27 in Egypt […]

Ray Dalio, the billionaire founder of Bridgewater Associates, spoke on the opening day of the UN Conference on Trade and Development's World Investment Forum in Abu Dhabi

Rich nations can’t pay for entire world, says hedge fund guru

The founder of the world’s largest hedge fund has told a UN investment conference that the governments of developed countries cannot be expected to take care of the rest of the world. Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates, the US-based fund with $124 billion of assets under management, said those nations’ financial burdens were too big […]

Underwater ocean Neom $72bn plan for ocean conservation

Cop28 and UN unveil $72 billion ocean conservation plan 

The UN, Cop28 and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have jointly launched a $72 billion initiative to protect at least 30 percent of the world’s oceans. The Oceans Breakthrough strategy was announced by Razan Al Mubarak, president of the IUCN and one of the UAE’s UN climate change champions for Cop28. As […]

Field, Outdoors, Nature

World food price index at two-year low

The United Nations food agency’s world price index fell in August to a new two-year low, reversing a rebound seen the previous month, as a decline in most food commodities offset increases for rice and sugar. The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) price index, which tracks the most globally traded food commodities, averaged 121.4 points in August against a […]

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan said Ukraine should soften its negotiating position against Russia in talks over reviving the grain deal

Erdoğan says Black Sea grain deal can be restored soon

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan said after talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin that it would soon be possible to revive the grain deal that the United Nations says helped to ease a food crisis by getting Ukrainian grain to market. Russia quit the deal in July – a year after it was brokered by the UN […]

Qatar among countries imposing Covid tests for Chinese travellers

Authorities around the world are imposing or considering curbs on travellers from China as coronavirus cases in the country surge following its relaxation of “zero-Covid” rules. International health experts predict at least one million deaths in China this year. However, China has played down concerns, saying decisions by some countries to impose a requirement for […]

Ministers deliver statements during the closing plenary at Cop27

Cop27 deal delivers landmark on ‘loss and damage’, but little else

Countries adopted a hard-fought final agreement at the Cop27 climate summit early on Sunday that sets up a fund to help poor countries being battered by climate disasters – but does not boost efforts to tackle the emissions causing them. After tense negotiations that ran through the night, the Egyptian Cop27 presidency released the final […]

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who won Brazil's presidential election in October, is meeting climate envoys and leaders in Egypt

Lula arrives at Cop27 to deliver message that ‘Brazil is back’

Bringing the message that “Brazil is back” in the fight against global warming, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrived at Cop27 in Egypt on Tuesday – his first foreign trip since his presidential election victory. Brazil’s president-elect planned to hold meetings with envoys from Washington and Beijing on Tuesday, an aide said, as he seeks […]

Cop27 sign in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Sticking points slow crunch talks to agree final deal at Cop27

Government ministers and negotiators from nearly 200 countries began working towards a Cop27 final deal on Tuesday, with the summit host Egypt issuing assurances that the slow-moving talks remain on track. On the conference floor in Sharm El Sheikh, however, some delegates have begun to speculate that the UN talks could run over time into […]

There are many ways the financial world can help slow climate change

Decoding Cop27: the many shades of green bonds

Banks, governments and businesses say financial markets can play a crucial role in driving the shift to a lower-carbon world. At the Cop27 climate conference in Egypt, companies and country delegates are discussing ways of enhancing the market for green bonds, or bonds that are linked to projects deemed environmentally beneficial. Green bonds have their […]

President of Egypt Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egypt and IMF working out ‘remaining points’ on loan

Egypt and the International Monetary Fund are discussing remaining points in negotiations over a new extended fund facility, finance minister Mohamed Maait told Al-Arabiya on Wednesday. Asked if there were differences between Egypt and the IMF, Maait said: “In talks with anyone you go from one point of view to another. The talks are ongoing, […]

Word, Symbol, Wall

IMF cuts global growth forecast, warns of recession from inflation

The International Monetary Fund have cut global growth forecasts again, warning that downside risks from high inflation and the Ukraine war were materializing and could push the world economy to the brink of recession if left unchecked. Global real GDP growth will slow to 3.2 percent in 2022 from a forecast of 3.6 percent issued […]

Tie, Accessories, Accessory

US special envoy for Yemen travels to the Middle East

The US special envoy for Yemen will visit Saudi and Jordan this week, as part of diplomatic efforts in support of the United Nations-mediated truce in Yemen. The US State Department reported on Monday. Tim Lenderking’s “engagements will focus on expanding, extending, and renewing the current truce agreement that will further the tangible benefits already […]

Saudi Arabia helps fund $100m emergency food aid for Sudan

The World Bank has agreed to provide the UN’s World Food Programme with $100 million for an “emergency safety net project” to address food insecurity in Sudan, it said in a statement on Thursday. The programme, whose funding comes from the European Union, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and several other Western nations, aims to provide […]

Person, Human, Clothing

UN aid to Syria from Turkey to be allowed until January

The UN Security Council appears set to allow UN deliveries of aid to some four million people in northwest Syria from Turkey until January, diplomats said on Monday, after days of wrangling with Russia over how long to let the huge operation continue. The mandate for the operation, which has been delivering food, medicine and […]

Symbol, Clock Tower, Building

IMF says it held productive talks on new programme for Egypt

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Friday it had held productive discussions during a staff visit to Egypt on economic policies and reforms to be supported by an extended fund facility. “In the period ahead, we are continuing our close engagement with the authorities towards reaching staff-level agreement,” the IMF statement said. The IMF […]

Clothing, Apparel, Person

Cost-of-living crisis driving surge in extreme poverty, says UN

The global cost-of-living crisis is pushing an additional 71 million people in the world’s poorest countries into extreme poverty, a new report published by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday has warned. Achim Steiner, UNDP administrator, said an analysis of 159 developing countries showed that the surge in key commodity prices this year was […]