Dubai, 6 December 2023 (TDI) : As the world gathers for the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the urgency of collective action to limit global warming to 1.5°C has never been clearer.
COP28 is a critical opportunity to accelerate progress towards the goals of the Paris Agreement, adopted at COP21 in 2015.
The Paris Agreement aims to limit global warming to well below 2°C, preferably to 1.5°C, compared to pre industry levels.
COP28 must also address the critical issue of loss and damage, caused by the impacts of climate change that developing countries are unable to adapt to.
This includes providing financial assistance to help countries recover from extreme weather events and build the infrastructure needed to withstand future climate risks.
UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres emphasized the urgency of the situation, noting that the world is already experiencing the devastating impacts of climate change, with more extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and disruptions to ecosystems.
He warned that these impacts will only intensify without urgent and ambitious action.
Guterres called on world leaders to take concrete steps to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Guterres also addressed the critical issue of loss and damage, caused by the impacts of climate change that developing countries are unable to adapt to.
He called for the establishment of a dedicated loss and damage finance facility to help developing countries recover from extreme weather events and build the infrastructure needed to withstand future climate risks.
COP28 is a critical moment in the fight against climate change. The conference has the potential to galvanize global action and put the world on track to a sustainable future.