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UN Climate Summit Opens in Dubai :: Uganda Radionetwork

UN Climate Summit Opens in Dubai

This COP was to be attended by Pope Francis, an outspoken advocate for climate action. His trip was however canceled following advice by medical experts.
30 Nov 2023 12:07
The conference normaly attracts actvists like these pushing for more financing to climate change interventions

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Delegates from nearly 200 countries including Uganda will gather in Dubai from November 30 to December 12 for the COP28 climate conference with the aim of fast-tracking the transition to a clean-energy future. 

The annual climate change summit attracts leaders of business and finance and representatives of civil society. This COP was to be attended by Pope Francis, an outspoken advocate for climate action. His trip was however canceled following advice by medical experts.  He would have been the first Pontiff to attend this high-climate summit. 

When the delegates arrive in Dubai, they'll have to begin with the big ticket issues known as Global Stocktake under the 2015 Paris Agreement. The global stocktake is a mechanism under the Paris Agreement that takes place every five years to review progress.


At COP 28, governments are expected to agree on progress on mitigation, loss, and damage, financing climate change, and the global goal of adaptation, among other items.

Last month, the COP 28 President-Designate, Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber announced that this year’s Climate Conference will focus on four paradigm shifts in areas like fast-tracking the energy transition and slashing emissions before 2030; transforming climate finance, by delivering on old promises and setting the framework for a new deal on finance among others.

With fossil fuel being a key driver of climate change, and with the conference taking place in the United Arab Emirates which is a key producer of oil, there will be a keen interest in fossil fuel phase down or fossil fuel out.

“We have made it clear that the phasing down demand for and supply of all fossil fuels is inevitable and essential. We need to collectively cut 22 gigatons of GHG emissions in the next 7 years to keep 1.5°C within reach,” said Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber in a letter sent out to world leaders in late October.  “That means working towards an energy system free of unabated fossil fuels by mid-century, with action on coal being a priority. We must do this while further ensuring energy security, affordability, and accessibility to support broader development objectives,” he added.

In a video message ahead of the opening ceremony, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged leaders to fire the starting gun at COP28 in a race to keep the 1.5-degree limit alive.

“We are living through climate collapse in real-time – and the impact is devastating. This year has seen communities around the world pounded by fires, floods, and searing temperatures. Record global heating should send shivers down the spines of world leaders. And it should trigger them to act” said António Guterres.

///Cue In “We are living through climate collapse….

Cue Out….the worst of climate chaos” /// 

Reports from the World Meteorological Organisation indicate that 2023 is set to be the warmest year on record so far. For climate activists, that shows the need for a sense of urgency for ambitious climate action.  Part of that action according to António Guterres is committing to scale up renewable energy and phase out fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas.

///Cue in “Committing to phase……

Cue Out….by 2025.”///   

Uganda is sending a delegation that will among others put up a defense for a just transition that allows countries to exploit their fossil fuel resources. Uganda has just finalized its energy transition strategy which will be launched in Dubai.

COP 28 comes after a synthesis report that found climate action plans described in the report “remain insufficient to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.”

UN Framework Convention On Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive-Secretary Simon Stiell said “governments combined are taking baby steps to avert the climate “must be a clear turning point.”

“Governments must not only agree what stronger climate actions will be taken but also start showing exactly how to deliver them.” Highlighting “the vast array of tools and solutions put forward by countries,” as reflected in the Global Stocktake report released earlier this year, Stiell encouraged governments to “pick up this toolbox and put it to work.”

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