COP28 a Cop for All, and a Cop of Action

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The 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) will be held in the UAE in November 2023 at Expo City Dubai in an effort to bring about global consensus on the most urgent global crisis of our time.

The first Global Stock-take, a thorough evaluation of the progress made in attaining the objectives of the Paris Agreement, concludes at COP28, making it particularly significant. In order for the world to respond to the Stock-take with a clear plan of action, including the steps that must be taken to close the gaps in progress, the COP28 UAE Presidency will make sure that it does.

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As stated by Him According to Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE’s top priority for the COP28 will be to identify workable solutions that increase energy security while lowering emissions. Dr. Al Jaber has also emphazised the UAE’s role in fostering international cooperation to benefit the Global South and the most vulnerable nations.

As host nation, the UAE’s responsibilities will include formulating the outcomes of the summit and supervising the negotiations to achieve official decisions that will be announced at COP28.

The major global event will welcome high-level participation, including over 140 heads of state, senior government leaders, over 80,000 delegates and more than 5,000 media professionals.

In anticipation of the event, HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has formed and serves as Chair of a Higher Committee to supervise the preparations for COP28.

UAE global climate engagement: 

The UAE has supported the global climate agenda since its founding in 1971. The UAE has long considered climate change to be a problem that has to be solved because it is located in an area with intense heat and little access to water.

Read more about COP27 Loss and Damage regarding Pakistan: https://mofa.gov.pk/pakistan-welcomes-the-historic-decision-of-cop27-to-establish-the-fund-for-loss-and-damage/

The UAE’s hosting of COP28 continues the nation’s history of taking initiative to address the world’s climate crisis. At the nexus of business, trade, and tourism, the United Arab Emirates is a hub for green technology, logistics, and transportation worldwide. So, the nation is in a unique position to forge connections and encourage agreement in order to quicken inclusive climate progress.

The UAE is the first nation in the region to ratify the Paris Agreement and to make a commitment to a reduction in emissions across the board.

Key Areas:

Mitigation:

  • Work on increasing the production of renewable energy from 8 to 23 TW hours by 2030.
  • Increase low-carbon hydrogen production for challenging industries by at least 180 million tones.
  • Invest more in agritech, use water more wisely, and increase food production quickly to transform the food and agricultural systems.
  • Collaborate with the energy sector to enhance hydrogen production, minimize methane emissions, and speed de-carbonization.

Adaptation:

  • Prevent extreme weather and biodiversity loss from affecting the most vulnerable communities and essential systems.
  • Spend money on natural alternatives like mangroves, which operate as effective carbon sinks while defending coasts and maintaining natural ecosystems, and safeguard rain forests.
  • Be sure that our global food supply can withstand the unpredictable weather patterns that affect farmers everywhere.
  • By 2025, increase yearly adaptation funding for the Global South to $40 billion.

Read more about water crisis: https://youthdiplomacyforum.com/2022/11/04/the-last-drop-how-water-crisis-is-underpinning-global-conflicts/ 

Finance:

  • Make access to and affordability of climate finance greater.
  • Make sure that every dollar of concessional funding is matched by $2 or $3 in private funding.
  • Respond to the appeal for an inclusive reform of the multilateral development banks and international financial institutions from the global community.
  • The UAE plans to play a proactive, encouraging, and facilitating role as head of the World Bank-IMF Development Committee to encourage this process.

Loss and Damage:

  • Help the most vulnerable to rebuild after climate-related disasters.
  • Together with the international community, build on the progress made in Sharm El Sheikh to fully operationalize the loss-and-damage fund.

The COP28 Leadership includes Dr. Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber, President designate, Shamma Al Mazrui, Minister of State for youth affairs and Youth climate champion, Razan Al Mubarak, UN climate change high level champion, Mariam Almhieri, Minister of climate change and environment, Majid Al-Suwaidi, Director General COP28, and Hana Al Hashmi, UAE lead climate negotiator for COP27 and COP28. we congratulate the leadership of UAE and specifically the leadership of COP28 to make COP28 a COP for All, and a COP of Action.

“The UAE approaches this role with humility, a deep sense of responsibility and a great sense of urgency. We share the risks of rising temperatures alongside all countries. And alongside all countries we share the ambition to make transformational, game-changing progress … and to get ahead of the future.”

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, COP28 President-Designate

This Article is written by Musawar Hameed Tanoli. he is graduated in International Relations from NUML, Islamabad. he is interested in foreign affairs, global politics and Sustainable development goals. he is the founder and president of the youth diplomacy forum.

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