COP 28: time for decisions


What is COP 28?

COP 28, or the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is an international conference held every two years. It is organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and brings together representatives from over 190 countries.

Why is COP 28 so important?

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COP 28 is important because it is an opportunity for the signatory countries of the Paris Agreement to take stock of the progress made in the fight against climate change, and to define new measures to achieve the objectives of the agreement.

The Paris Agreement aims to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. To reach this target, countries must significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

COP 28 is therefore a crucial conference for the future of the planet. It will determine whether countries are ready to take the necessary measures to combat climate change.

When and where will COP 28 be held?

COP 28 will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 30 November to 12 December 2023, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The issues at stake at COP28

COP28 will be an opportunity to take significant decisions for the future of the planet. The main issues at stake include:

  • Taking stock of progress made under the Paris Agreement. COP28 is expected to take stock of the progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The signatory countries must also commit to strengthening their emission reduction targets in order to limit global warming to 1.5 °C.
  • The energy transition. COP28 will also provide an opportunity to discuss the energy transition. Countries must commit to investing in renewable energies and reducing their dependence on fossil fuels.
  • Solidarity between the countries of the North and South. COP28 should also provide an opportunity to discuss solidarity between the countries of the North and the South. Developed countries must commit to providing financial assistance to developing countries to enable them to combat climate change.

The expectations of environmental NGOs

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Environmental NGOs have high expectations of COP 28. They are calling on the signatory countries to take ambitious measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They are asking developed countries to increase their financial aid to developing countries.

Here are some of the specific demands made by the environmental NGOs:

  • Countries must commit to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030, compared to 2010 levels.
  • Developed countries must provide $100 billion a year in financial assistance to developing countries to help them combat climate change.
  • Countries must set up a carbon market mechanism that allows developed countries to offset their carbon emissions by investing in emission reduction projects in developing countries.

It remains to be seen whether countries will be able to meet these expectations. However, COP 28 is an important opportunity for countries to show their commitment to tackling climate change.

UN chief visits rapidly melting Antarctica ahead of COP28 climate talks

The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, visited Antarctica on 23 and 24 November 2023, ahead of the COP28 climate negotiations in Dubai. During his visit, he saw at first hand the devastating effects of climate change on the continent, particularly the rapid melting of glaciers and ice caps. Mr Guterres called for urgent action to combat climate change, warning that the world is on a “climate superhighway”.

“We are witnessing an absolutely devastating acceleration,” Mr Guterres said of the rate of ice melt in Antarctica. “Antarctica is waking up and the world must wake up.

The UN Secretary General’s visit to Antarctica reminds us of the urgent need to act against climate change. World leaders must come together at COP28 and agree a bold plan to tackle this crisis.

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