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Good morning, this is Paula. With less than two weeks to go before the Cop28 climate talks, we speak to United Nations organisations about a recent investigation highlighting rights abuses for workers employed at the summit’s venue as it was being prepped this summer, in Dubai.

While UN agencies have recently warned of the growing risk of heat stress amid climate change, the latest allegations add to other controversies surrounding the hosting of the global event in the oil-producing emirate.

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Paula Dupraz-Dobias


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Construction workers carry on work on the foundation of a new high-rise tower during a heatwave exceeding 48 degrees Celsius in Dubai, 3 July 2023. (Keystone/AFP/ Karim Sahib)

👷🏽Cop28: UN agencies respond to Dubai workers’ heat stress controversy. Amid the latest reports of heat stress among migrant workers at the Cop28 venue in the United Arab Emirates, UN organisations react to the controversy ahead of global climate talks. A recent study said that workers at the climate conference site toiled outdoors at the hottest hours of the day in September – when temperatures rose to 42°C.

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