Frequently Asked Questions

UACA is open to all likeminded sub-national and non-state organizations with a presence in the UAE, who have commenced or aspire to follow science-based and Paris-aligned decarbonization targets. The Alliance is open to companies, investors, local governments, academic/research institutions, think tanks, agencies, and civil society groups. Both individual organizations and coalitions of organizations can join. To verify your eligibility to join the Alliance, please reach to the UACA team on [email protected] .

If you are interested in joining UACA as a member, please register your interest here. If your organization is eligible to join the Alliance, you will be asked to sign the UACA letter of commitment, which we will share with you upon confirming your eligibility. The UACA commitment letter includes the UACA principles and member trajectory, which you must agree to in order to become a member. Please note the commitment letter shall be signed by the Head of organization in the UAE, as this will allow for public recognition at the highest level, contributing to the creation of stronger market signals and further opportunities to speed up the low-carbon transition. Currently, only those organisations which have a base in the United Arab Emirates can join the Alliance.

Joining UACA is free of charge. In addition to joining the Alliance as Member, private sector companies in the UAE have the option to also support the Alliance financially to help fulfil its ambitions. Private sector companies financing the Alliance will receive further benefits, as an appreciation of the contribution, depending on the tier they join under (Donor, Supporter or Contributor). To see the full list of benefits per tier, please see the UACA website or reach out to the UACA team on [email protected] .

UACA is the flagship non-state actor programme for the UAE in the lead up to COP28 and is also part of the global Alliances for Climate Action (ACA), which is a global network of alliances being encouraged by WWF and other civil society organizations. This means that UACA has an important role to play domestically through the UAE lens of demonstrating impact, as well as through the international lens of ACAs pushing for a bottom-up approach to decarbonization. Engagement is therefore set to be at the highest levels. Details on this will be confirmed closer to COP28.

We encourage all interested companies to sign the MOCCAE Climate Responsible pledge as a way to increase their alignment to the country’s decarbonization agenda. UACA is endorsed by MOCCAE and the UACA commitment letter, which needs to be signed separately to the Climate Responsible pledge, is very much complimentary as UACA will support non-state actors implement their commitments to being net-zero by 2050 and support stakeholders in their journey from establishing a baseline, improving target setting, and developing climate action plans and policies to support the implementation of their net zero ambition. We will also bring together stakeholders facing similar barriers by working together and engaging in policy workstreams to enhance the enabling environment in the UAE towards decarbonization and work with MOCCAE in supporting their net-zero plans.

At the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, it was agreed that mobilizing stronger and more ambitious climate action by all Parties and non-Party stakeholders is urgently required if the goals of the Paris Agreement are to be achieved. To implement this agenda, the UNFCCC launched the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement by enabling collaboration between governments and cities, regions, businesses and investors to act on climate change. The mission is to strengthen collaboration between governments and key stakeholders to immediately lower emissions and increase resilience against climate impacts. These actions are guided by the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement and undertaken in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The focus is on environmental, economic and social system transformation, promoting higher ambition of all stakeholders to collectively strive for the 1.5 °C temperature goal and a climate-neutral and resilient world. One of the key components of the Marrakech Partnership is to strengthen the regional alliance for climate action (UACA) to support the implementation of organization’s net zero journey with credible, verifiable science-based targets. UACA has a global mandate, linking the Paris Agreement target of meeting 1.5°C to a regional level by supporting the UAE’s net zero 2050 agenda for non-state actors.