President Biden will not attend the world leaders’ summit at COP28 in Dubai next weekend. The White House has not officially confirmed whether Biden will make an appearance at the U.N. climate summit at a later date. Biden has attended the last two COP summits and just this month said climate change was “the ultimate threat to humanity.” COP28 is expected to be the largest summit yet, with some 70,000 delegates, and world leaders and senior officials from nearly every nation in attendance. Last week, the European Parliament approved a resolution for its COP delegation to push for an end to all fossil fuel subsidies worldwide “as soon as possible and by 2025 the latest.” Join Democracy Now! next week when we will be broadcasting from COP28 in Dubai.
Meanwhile the labor rights group Equidem has released a report highlighting the ongoing abuse of migrant workers in the UAE, including at Expo City in Dubai, the site of the climate summit. Workers cite extreme heat, inadequate food allowances and wage theft as some of the violations they are facing.