King Charles will attend Cop28 climate change conference in Dubai next month after missing last year’s event in Egypt

  • Charles will deliver the opening address at the World Climate Action Summit 

King Charles will attend the Cop28 climate change conference in Dubai next month where he will play a key role once again after missing last year’s event. 

Charles will deliver the opening address at the World Climate Action Summit on December 1.

The monarch missed Cop27 in Egypt last year following advice from the Government while Liz Truss was prime minister, despite it being widely reported he had hoped to attend in person.

Downing Street later acknowledged it might have been possible for the head of state to go if Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had been in office earlier in the year. 

As the Prince of Wales, he spent decades passionately campaigning on green and environmental issues.

King Charles is currently away on a state visit to Kenya – here he attends a reception at the British High Commissioner’s Residence in Nairobi

King Charles III meets members of the military during a visit the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Nairobi

While Prince of Wales, he had a more central role, delivering the opening address at the main opening ceremony of Cop26 in Glasgow in 2021 and Cop21 in Paris in 2015. 

Buckingham Palace announced Charles, who is away on a state visit to Kenya, will travel to the UAE and open the World Climate Action Summit, which forms part of Cop28’s programme and convenes heads of state and government and other leaders to discuss concrete plans for tackling climate change.

The King was invited by UAE president Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and will attend at the request of the UK Government, the Palace said.

Charles, who will make the trip from November 30 to December 1, will also attend a reception on November 30 to the launch the inaugural Cop28 Business and Philanthropy Climate Forum.

The two-day event runs parallel with the summit and is being hosted by the Cop28 Presidency in partnership with the Sustainable Markets Initiative, founded by the King.

It will bring together business, finance and philanthropy leaders and world leaders to try to find climate solutions.

The King will also hold meetings with regional leaders ahead of the summit.

King Charles is currently visiting Kenya with Queen Camilla. 

King Charles III and Queen Camilla meet veteran Samwel Nthigai Mburia, who is believed to be 117 years old, during a visit the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Nairobi

Read more: Moment King Charles nearly takes a tumble as he trips on artificial grass  during visit to Kenya with Queen Camilla

At a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Nairobi this morning, Charles was being guided from one artificial grass walkway to another when he caught a foot under one of the mats and almost took a tumble.

Footage shows the 74-year-old briefly losing his footing as Camilla, 76, reaches out to grab him. He quickly rights himself and smoothly puts on his sunglasses to continue the walk. 

Shortly afterwards, the King and Queen took part in an act of remembrance alongside British and Kenyan troops. Charles was seen looking down as he crossed the same divide between the two mats to ensure he did not trip again.

The cemetery they visited is linked to the Carrier Corps of World War I and became known as ‘Kariokor’. Most of the Kariokor casualties were not individually commemorated, and their contribution was largely overlooked.

And in a highly emotional moment, Charles placed a medal on the chest of a brave  Kenyan soldier who is said to be 117 years old.

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