GORD extends its strategic collaboration with UNFCCC

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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GORD and UNFCCC extend collaboration
Officials during the signing ceremony.

Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD) has formally extended and deepened its strategic collaboration with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, in a move to enhance the environmental performance of global events and meetings.

The official agreement focuses on the ongoing development, maintenance, and operations of the innovative Green Events Tool (GET) jointly launched by UNFCCC, the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), and GORD in 2021.

The agreement was signed at the ongoing 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) taking place in Dubai.

Dr. Yousef al-Horr
Dr. Yousef Alhorr
Founding Chairman

“Every day, across the globe, thousands of large-scale events become catalysts for collaboration, cultural exchange, and mutual development. Yet, in their wake, they also imprint an irreversible mark through their carbon emissions. The idea of ​​developing the Green Events Tool (GET) was rooted in our shared vision of introducing a holistic framework that could assess and improve the environmental performance of events at every stage. As we continue this journey, our commitment remains unyielding. We persistently explore avenues to enhance GET, ensuring it evolves to its fullest potential. In this endeavor, we are honored to collaborate with the UNFCCC secretariat and UNEP.”

Building upon the foundation laid by the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 24 October 2018, the renewed collaboration which will be effective until 31 December 2026, seeks to enhance the ongoing research and development to enable the successful implementation of the Green Events Tool (GET).

The primary focus remains on pushing the environmental sustainability of events, conferences, and meetings, particularly by addressing their climate impact through mitigation measures as well as offsetting unavoidable greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through verified climate contributions and funding for impactful climate action initiatives, as per the statement.

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