The UAE has pledged to provide a “transformational road map” to guide future climate action at Cop28 this year, following a new report’s warning that there is a lot that needs to be done to slow global warming.
Release of the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) called for “deep, rapid and sustained greenhouse gas emissions reductions in all sectors” to support efforts to limit temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as stipulated in the 2015 Paris Agreement.
It advances a critical objective to almost divide discharges throughout the following years, rather than permitting them to flatline or even increment.
In remarks delivered on Monday at the Copenhagen Climate Ministerial summit, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, President-designate of Cop28, stated that the world was “way off target” in its mission to reduce global warming.
He stated, “We need transformational progress in the next seven years across mitigation, adaptation, climate finance, and loss and damage.” In other words, “incremental steps will simply not cut it.”
In response to the IPCC report’s findings, the Cop28 Presidency has promised to unite the international community to lead the fight against climate change.
In a statement, the Cop28 Presidency stated, “The IPCC’s AR6 report makes absolutely clear the importance of ambitious and transformative action to put the world back on track to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.”
“To limit global warming and keep 1.5°C within reach, the world’s scientists advise us to rapidly reduce emissions. While doing so, it is our duty to protect the most vulnerable people who have contributed the least to climate change from its increasingly severe effects.
The Cop28 climate conference aims to get things moving in the right direction.
The statement went on to say, “We will undertake the first ever Global Stocktake since the Paris Agreement at Cop28, which takes place in a crucial decade of action.”
“The UAE will use its Cop28 Presidency to drive consensus, reestablish momentum for climate progress, and provide a transformative road map to direct subsequent actions.
“The IPCC AR6 report gives us an optimal chance to embrace a principal course revision and to speed up environment activity that conveys new roads for venture and development alongside a simply change that abandons nobody.”
To effect significant change, the Cop28 leadership emphasized the significance of securing the support of major industries and investing heavily in the green agenda.
“Inclusion, increased accountability, and transparency must be prioritized while the international community must work together to promote solutions that are daring, ambitious, and applicable. To get the world back on track, all stakeholders, particularly large industries, need to move faster and further.
“A transformation of this kind has the potential to unlock trillions of dollars worth of investment in a new and sustainable development path that can lead to growth and employment.
Multilateral development banks and international financial institutions must be a part of the solution. They need to change in order to make it possible for a fair energy transition and to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people, especially in the global south.
“Allow us to cooperate, in fortitude, to convey an arrangement that depends on the magnificent work of the IPCC and is advanced quickly by really worldwide co-activity.”
Dr. Sultan Al Jaber’s support for the UN Secretary General’s call for climate solidarity and acceleration was reiterated by the Cop28 Presidency.
It stated that the leaders of Cop28 would assist all nations in achieving the 1.5°C target and net-zero emissions by 2050, which it deemed necessary for “transformational progress in the next seven years.”
Partnership, not polarization, is necessary for progress. All industries must be decarbonized more quickly. Legislatures need to take on shrewd approaches to boost advancement innovations and empower the fast sending of renewables and zero carbon energies,” the assertion said.
“We ought to infuse a business outlook, transient KPIs and an aggressive activity orientated plan to speed up relief endeavors and recollect that the goal is to control outflows, not progress.
Before unplugging the current energy system, we must rapidly construct the new system and reduce emissions from the current energy mix.
“All legislatures, confidential area, monetary organizations, industry and NGOs should meet up as one to address the difficulties with aggressive environment activity that conveys benefits for the environment and the economy simultaneously.”
From November 30 to December 12, Expo City Dubai will be the location of Cop28.