World leaders head to COP28 with global climate action call

Leading world leaders, including 70 ministers, along with environmental NGOs, think tanks, faith groups and private sector representatives will be in Dubai tomorrow (November 30) for UN climate conference COP28 with a resounding call to accelerate global climate action before a 70,000-strong crowd of registered attendees.

Heads of state or prime ministers from 167 countries will be there to debate phase-out of fossil fuels along with delegates from nearly 200 countries at The UN Climate Change Conference (the official name for Climate Conferences of the Parties) which will run for two weeks – from November 30 to December 12. 

The fortnight of negotiations will kick off with a World Climate Action Summit on December 1 and 2, which will convene heads of state and government alongside civil society leaders..  

Leaders from France, Germany, India, Brazil, Japan and the UK are among those who are set to deliver statements on their nation’s climate commitments. The message is simple – the world needs to do more and seize the opportunity of COP28 to take action and limit global warming to 1.5°C.

The challenges at the summit are immense as countries are split over whether to prioritise phasing out coal and oil and gas, or scaling up technologies such as carbon capture to try to diminish their climate impact.

Ahead of the event, COP28 President Dr Sultan Al Jaber said the phase-down of fossil fuels was “inevitable”, but also that the industry needs to be included in the debate of finding climate solutions and presented himself as ideally placed to mediate.

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