Herzog, Netanyahu to lead 1,000-strong Israeli delegation to Dubai COP28 conference

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

Israel is planning to send a 1,000-strong delegation to this year’s annual United Nations COP28 climate conference — its largest to date — headed by President Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Foreign Ministry announces.

More than 100 companies, including 30 start-ups, will join seven or eight ministers, officials from various ministries, academics, investors, businesspeople, and environmental groups at the confab, set to take place between November 30 and December 12 at Dubai’s Expo complex.

The country intends to hold around 70 events — nearly double the number put on during last year’s COP27 event, held in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Herzog and Netanyahu are slated to participate in the leaders’ summit December 1-to 2.

One in seven new startups is now dealing with climate technology, Foreign Minister Eli Cohen says, and Israel wants to share its knowledge with the world and leverage it to form regional partnerships.

Cohen speaks at the opening of a meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem to prepare for COP28.

It was attended by 250 people from a wide spectrum of climate-related sectors.
The UAE is hoping to attract 80,000 visitors from 198 countries.

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