Cop28: UAE and UN Call for Deal with Substantial Emission Cuts
Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, designated President of Cop28, and Simon Stiell, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, emphasized the critical need for Cop28 to yield a "remarkable decrease in emissions."
Global Leaders Call for Ambitious Action at Cop28 and G20 Summit
In preparation for a G20 ministerial climate meeting in Chennai, the leaders urged the G20 to take the lead in driving a fair and credible outcome grounded in scientific evidence, prioritizing the protection of the most vulnerable populations without delay. As the G20 is accountable for approximately 80% of the world's emissions, they emphasized the urgency in taking steps to accelerate the inevitable reduction of fossil fuels responsibly, ensuring a fossil fuel-free energy system by the middle of the century. These efforts are essential with just 125 days remaining until the Dubai summit.
Support for Developing Nations and Climate Action at G20
During the G20 energy ministerial meeting, discussions failed to deliver a clear signal for transforming global energy systems and responsibly phasing down fossil fuels. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber and Simon Stiell expressed hope that the progress achieved at the G20 would decisively influence Cop28's outcome, building on the just transition work program established at Cop27. They emphasized the importance of a fair transition that leaves no one behind, particularly focusing on the development challenges faced by developing countries. Urging the G20 to prioritize defining the "global goal on adaptation," the leaders stressed the need to help countries adapt to climate change effectively. Additionally, they called for the operationalization of the loss and damage fund established at Cop27 to provide immediate support to those facing the frontlines of climate change. The leaders emphasized the urgency in doubling adaptation finance and transforming climate finance arrangements to achieve unprecedented levels of private finance mobilization.
Raising Ambition on Emissions Pledges and Global Unity
Dr. Sultan Al Jaber and Simon Stiell called on the G20 to raise their ambition on emissions reduction pledges to align with the Paris Agreement's goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. They stressed the significance of leaving the G20 meeting in Chennai with a clear indication of the political will to combat the climate crisis and initiate a new era of sustainable development. Every meeting and outcome are crucial steps towards Cop28, and the world's leaders must unite, act, and deliver, starting with the G20. The leaders emphasized the necessity of tripling global renewable energy capacity and doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvements across sectors by 2030 to create a more sustainable future. The world's fate lies in the hands of leaders willing to drive change and take decisive action in the face of the climate crisis.