The Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability, John Cortes travelled to the
United Arab Emirates (UAE)this week to represent Gibraltar at COP28,the global ClimateChange
conference. Minister Cortes forms part of the United Kingdom Delegation in Dubai, having
previously attended COP25 and COP26 in Madrid and Glasgow respectively.
Alongside ministers from the other Overseas Territories, Minister Cortes met with officials from
the UK COP28 Negotiating Team to highlight the key issues affecting Gibraltar and how these could
be fed into the UK’s position. He will be meeting with UK government ministers and
parliamentarians during the course of the week.
Minister Cortes will be speaking at a panel event on Friday 8th December in the UK Pavilion,
chaired by the Minister for Energy and Climate Change Graham Stuart. The panel will discuss how
Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies are getting to net zero and the challenges that they
face as smaller territories. Ministers from Bermuda, Jersey and Guernsey will also be speaking.
The COP28 thematic programme, where each day at the conference has a designated theme, will
feature events on sustainable transport and education, providing the minister with an opportunity
to network and engage with professionals in these sectors.
The Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability, John Cortes: “It is an honour to
represent Gibraltar and form part of the UK delegation at COP 28. This is the largest forum for
climate Climate Change discussions with leaders, ministers, and negotiators from across the world,
and itis importantthat Gibraltar’s voice is heard as we continue to push forward with our own work
towards Net Zero. The conference is also an opportunity to connect with the private sector and
learn aboutthe latestinnovations and opportunities in the sustainability industry. I will continue to
drive the Climate Change agenda and ensure that we act firmly in that direction, with renewed