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COP28 Calls for Accelerating Global Climate Response in Dubai

  • COP28 meeting site, Dubai, UAE, Nov. 30, 2023.

    COP28 meeting site, Dubai, UAE, Nov. 30, 2023. | Photo: X/ @ICARDA

Published 30 November 2023

Until Dec. 12, this conference will welcome over 70,000 delegates from around the globe.

On Thursday afternoon, the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), started in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.


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This year's climate conference has garnered notable global attention as it marks the conclusion of the Global Stocktake, the first-ever two-year assessment of the world's collective progress toward the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

"The new road starts with a decision on the Global Stocktake, a decision that is ambitious, corrects course and accelerates action to 2030," the COP28 President Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said.

"This Presidency is committed to unlocking green finance to ensure that the Global South does not have to choose between development and climate action," he stated, calling on all parties to find common ground, come forward with solutions, and achieve consensus.

"We are taking baby steps. Stepping far too slowly from an unstable world that lacks resilience to working out the best responses to the complex impacts we are facing," the United Nations Climate Change Secretary Simon Stiell said, calling on relevant parties to "be transparent in the actions and decisions we take with each other."

While making his staunch calls for the transition from fossil fuels to green energy, the UN climate official stressed "justice within and between countries" in this regard. He also warned "we have around six years before we exhaust the planet's ability to cope with our emissions before we blow through the 1.5-degree limit."

The conference, running from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12, will welcome over 70,000 delegates from around the globe in a bid to work out a worldwide solution to the pressing climate issues facing the planet and all mankind.

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