A critical moment in global transformative climate action
Conferences of the Parties (COPs) are how the world organizes its collective response to the global challenge of climate change. World leaders gathered at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, to seal the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Convention launched annual meetings of the COP, to act to avoid the impacts of climate change. The 21st session of the COP (COP21) in 2015 led to the landmark Paris Agreement, where countries pledged to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions this century and limit global average warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. COP28 is a milestone moment, as nations for the first time formally review progress since the Paris Agreement, under a Global Stocktake. A climate emergency is here, but so is hope.
DR SULTAN AL JABER,
OPENS “UNPRECEDENTED” COP
COP28 President is “laser focused” on keeping within reach a globally agreed warming limit of 1.5C, urging agreement on finance, fossil fuels and adaptation.
• COP28 takes place at a pivotal moment in a critical decade for climate action. The world is at a crossroads, where action has fallen short, since Paris.
• Countries must deliver a course correction, as they review action to date for the first time, under a Global Stocktake.
• The conference must take steps to make climate finance available, accessible and affordable, so that the Global South does not have to choose between development and climate action.
• Decisions are already within reach, to drive an energy system revolution by 2030, including to triple renewable energy capacity, and see near-zero methane emissions from oil and gas.
• There is no time to waste, no issue can be left off the table. Countries have no choice but to take “unprecedented” action.
• COP28 is about improving lives, about clean air and water, healthy food, for all people, for nature, for a safe and secure future.
• As a young nation, the UAE has conviction and determination. It already has great skills in fostering partnership and collaboration, ingredients also for a successful COP28.
• The moment has come to take a new road, to make the difference for future generations, to unite, act, and deliver, in the UAE.
As the first country in the region to ratify the Paris Agreement, as well as to commit to an economy-wide reduction in emissions, and announce a 2050 net zero strategy, the UAE is committed to raising ambition and leading by example.
Our 2015 Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) commits the UAE to cut absolute national greenhouse gas emissions by 19% by 2030. We will renew nature by planting 100 million mangroves. And we will triple our share of renewable power this decade, while all clean energy will reach 30% of capacity by 2030. National Net Zero by 2050 Pathway charts new steps to save energy and water, in buildings and agriculture, and meet new goals for recycling and electric vehicles.
UAE’s action does not stop at its borders. In September, we pledged $4.5 billion towards a clean energy transition across Africa.