Source: UNFCCC, Nov. 2023
The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 28, opens tomorrow with a resounding call for accelerated collective action on climate. The conference takes place at a time when we already know that this year will be the hottest on record in human history, and that the impacts of the climate crisis are wreaking unprecedented havoc on human life and livelihoods worldwide.
COP 28, to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from November 30 to December 12, 2023, is a decisive moment to act on climate commitments and prevent the worst impacts of climate change. The United Arab Emirates holds the presidency of COP 28, with Dr. Sultan Al Jaber as this year’s president.
This year’s COP marks the conclusion of the “global stocktake”, the first assessment of global progress in implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement. The facts are clear: the world is not in a position to limit the rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. The report acknowledges that countries are developing plans for a zero-emissions future and that the shift to clean energy is accelerating, but makes it clear that the transition is still nowhere near fast enough to limit warming within current ambitions.