COP28 President Designate Highlights Need to Shift from Incremental Steps to Transformational Progress


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The COP28 UAE Presidency today stressed the need to move from incremental to transformational inclusive progress through partnership, political will, and unified climate action.

Speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai, H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, COP28 President Designate affirmed that the U.A.E.’s approach would be to apply a positive mindset and the principle of partnership to ensure tangible results at COP28 taking place in Dubai from 30 November to 12 December.

H.E. Dr. Al Jaber reiterated that the world was way off track when it comes to the goal of keeping global temperatures from rising under 1.5 degrees and needed a new approach to move from goals to implementation.

“The hard reality is that global emissions must fall 43 percent by 2030. That’s just seven years away. We need a major course correction. The current approaches we have been using come from a different era. Some are no longer fit for purpose. And we need to accelerate action at a time of continued economic uncertainty, geopolitical tensions, and pressure on energy security. We have to transform entire industrial systems that still run on the energies of the first industrial revolution. In short, we need to shift from incremental steps to transformational progress across mitigation, adaptation, finance, and loss and damage.” 

“We all remember COP21 in Paris for uniting governments in agreement. We want COP28 UAE to be remembered for uniting everyone in action. Action made more powerful through true and meaningful partnership. Action that will make real transformational progress and deliver tangible results,” said H.E. Dr. Al Jaber.

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