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100 days since COP28, GEFI gathered stakeholders to help ensure Dubai, and the UAE more broadly, deliver a robust COP28 legacy where commitments turn into action.

The summit was opened by Alya Al Zarouni, Chief Operating Officer, DIFC Authority, who welcomed delegates and delivered a sobering reminder that there is only one opportunity to make a difference. GEFI’s Chief Operating Officer, Chris Tait then welcomed delegates and formally launched the Path to COP29, a 9-month initiative that will seek to raise awareness and drive action across summits, round tables, capacity building, advisory, research and though leadership.

As the summit marked 100 days since COP28 was held in Dubai in December, Amal Larhlid provided an update on the COP28 Outcomes, looking at the collective action that took place and the resulting opportunities.

Dame Susan Rice, Chair of GEFI’s Global  Steering Committee, moderated the first panel, joined by Basheer Ahmad, Senior Manager, DFSA, Shereen Osman, Director, Assurance – Financial Services & Islamic Finance, PwC, Vijay Bains, Chief Sustainability Officer & Group Head ESG, Emirates NBD, and Ashish Gokhale, Executive Strategic Marketing, National Bank of Fujairah. With representation from conventional and Islamic finance, service providers and regulators, this action-focussed session offered a Progress Report from the UAE Finance Centre, asking panellists about the commitments made at COP28 and what the next steps are. Notwithstanding the multitude of commitments made by the global community to drive climate action, certain UAE pledges were among the boldest. Panellists shared what role they would play in delivering such commitments and what is needed to achieve them.

The final session saw GEFI’s Managing Director Omar Shaikh in conversation with Christian Kunz, Chief Venture Officer, DIFC Authority to discuss Building a Sustainable Finance Ecosystem in Dubai. Omar reflected on COP26, hosted in Glasgow in 2021, and the role that GEFI played in helping the Scottish Government deliver a meaningful COP legacy. Christian then provided an overview of the DIFC’s Sustainable Finance Catalyst, that was launched in December.

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