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Africa : COP28 kickoff with Calls to Accelerate Climate Action

The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 opens with a resound call to accelerate collective climate action. COP delegates aim to limit temperature rise at 1.5°C. This year’s COP that runs from November 30 to December 12, 2023  in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is a decisive moment to act on climate commitments and prevent the worst impacts of climate change. COP28 marks the conclusion of the “global stocktake”, the first assessment of global progress to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 opens with a resound call to accelerate collective climate action. COP28 that runs from November 30 to December 12 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)  marks the conclusion of the “global stocktake”. According to a  report recently published by UN Climate Change, the  national climate action plans would collectively lower greenhouse gas emissions to 2% below 2019 levels by 2030. COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber encouraged  everyone to be part of the  solution.

First it will help fast tracking the energy transition, an energy transition that is fair, just, orderly and that leaves no one behind, second, we must fix the climate finance challenge. We can’t continue to keep talking about addressing the climate challenge without having a clear robust, new finance framework that will help get things done. Third, we need to put nature, people, lives and livelihoods at the heart of our climate action Agenda.

Sultan Al Jaber, COP28 PresidentUnited Arab Emirates

The global stocktake is a  catalyst for greater ambition in meeting the Paris Agreement’s goals as nations prepare to submit revised national climate action plans by 2025. It lays out actions on how to accelerate emissions cuts and strengthen resilience to climate impacts. In the face of rising conflicts and tensions worldwide,the UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiell. emphasized the need for collaborative efforts to combat climate change, an Arena  in which nations can work together effectively to ensure a sustainable future both for people and the planet.

The negotiations that are going to take place over the course of the next two weeks provide the opportunity for countries and  parties to negotiate on these elements. And it will be the level of ambition that they bring to the negotiations that will technically and politically determine just how robust the response will be and whether in fact coming out of  this global stocktake is genuinely the course correction that is so desperately called for.

Simon Stiell, UN Climate Change Executive SecretaryGrenada 

 According to the United Nations climate change report, Progress on climate finance at COP28 will be crucial to build trust in other negotiation areas and to lay the groundwork for an even more ambitious “New Collective Quantified Goal” for climate finance, which is to be in   place next year. It will also set the stage for a just and inclusive transition to renewable energy and the regulation  of fossil fuels.


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