Vatican City, Nov 28 (EFE).- Pope Francis will hold around thirty meetings with heads of state, religious leaders and associations during his one-day participation in the CO28 climate summit to be held in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. , and you will stay in a luxury resort.
Despite the latest health problems, a lung inflammation due to which he had to cancel some events, the Pope will travel next Friday, December 1 to Dubai, to participate the following day in the second day of official speeches, the first of which around 9.15 local time.
Upon his arrival at the summit, the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, will be in charge of receiving the Pope.
The Pope will hold about 20 bilateral meetings with heads of State and Government and another 10 meetings with personalities and organizations dedicated to the environmental issue, but he has not yet communicated with who he will meet, explained the Vatican spokesperson, Matteo Bruni.
It is the first time that a pope actively participates in a summit of this type and it will also be the first time that a delegation from the Holy See will actively participate in the negotiations and not only as an “observer”, as occurs in United Nations summits.
At the moment, according to the provisional list of participants at COP28, in addition to the absence of the presidents of the United States, Joe Biden, and of China, Xi Jinping, they have confirmed that the president of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez; from Brazil, Lula da Silva; from Cuba, Miguel Díaz Canel, or from Colombia, Gustavo Petro, among others.
The Vatican spokesman did not want to comment on the shadows of conflicts of interest that threaten to grow around the summit, relaunched by the BBC based on a 150-page dossier according to which the president of this edition, Sultan Al Yaber, former Minister of State Emirati and still general director of Adnoc, the public oil giant of Abu Dhabi, would have taken advantage of his role to start business with government delegations from foreign countries in matters of hydrocarbons.
Regarding the pope’s health, for the moment there is no concern: tomorrow he will hold the general audience and we will have a clearer idea of how he is.
“At the moment everything is normal: as usually happens during trips, a doctor and a nurse travel with the pope. If something changes or additional precautions must be taken in case of a lung infection, they will be communicated,” Bruni added.
On the other hand, he explained that because the nunciature is in the capital, it was decided that he would stay near the place near Expo City, the district where the summit will be held, and therefore he will reside in a luxurious resort and sleep in one of the villas that make it up.
In addition to his speech and meetings, before returning to Rome after spending 38 hours in Dubai, the Pope will participate in the inauguration of the “Pavilion of Faith” installed in Expo City Dubai by the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (CIDS), together with the Muslim Council of Elders, “Faith for the Land” of the United Nations Environment Program and other partners.
It is the first religious pavilion of its kind in the history of United Nations climate conferences and will serve as a global platform to promote religious engagement and interfaith dialogue in implementing effective measures to address the climate crisis.
Here the pope will sign the “Confluence of Conscience” declaration with the president of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahya, and Ahmed al Tayeb, the grand imam of the Al Azhar mosque in Egypt, a document in which religions They reaffirm their commitment to confront the challenges of climate change.