Yemeni president heads to Germany for UN climate summit

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi flew today to the German capital of Berlin to participate in the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP23), Yemen’s official SABA News reported.

Some 200 nations, including governments’ officials, businesses, investors, NGOs and civil society leaders, gather in COP23 to speed up climate action to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The conference started on 6 November and will end on the 17th.

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“Despite the tough circumstances our country has been struggling with, we are always very keen on participating in such international gatherings which are concerned with humankind welfare and global peace,” Abd Rabbo told reporters.

In September 2016, Hadi signed the Paris Agreement on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly in New York, according to SABA.

The Paris Agreement is an accord within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so.