World leaders must ensure that the COP28 climate summit is the COP of climate credibility. The agreements made in Dubai must be aligned with the urgency of the climate crisis, and the scale of efforts needed to address it.
At the most consequential climate talks since the Paris Agreement was born in 2015, a key decision from Dubai will center on the “Global Stocktake” and its first assessment of progress towards achieving the aims of the agreement.
In response, COP28 must deliver a course-correcting roadmap to shape the future of climate action on a global scale.
“COP28 must be the COP of climate credibility, with all plans, pledges, and finance aligned with the speed and scale of action needed to prevent the worst impacts of the climate crisis. We can still avoid a future of ever escalating climate catastrophes, but we are way off course and time is running out,” said Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, WWF Global Climate and Energy Lead, and COP20 President.
“Countries must agree to a roadmap that resets global climate ambition and action in line with limiting global warming to 1.5°C. We cannot afford to have another COP where ambition and action are not ratcheted up. The sooner and more decisively we act, the sooner people and nature can reap the benefits of a cleaner, safer and more stable future,” Manuel Pulgar-Vidal added.
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Fernanda Carvalho, WWF Climate and Energy Policy Lead, says that “leaders must agree to a global plan to phase out all fossil fuels.”
“A failure to act decisively to end the fossil fuel age will condemn the world to increasing climate disruptions. Ending the production and use of fossil fuels and transitioning to 100% renewable energy is the solution that will have the largest climate change impact at scale,” said Carvalho.
It is also essential that countries continue to acknowledge that the climate crisis and biodiversity crises are inextricably linked.
“Natural systems are being pushed beyond their limits. Decarbonization and nature restoration must happen in parallel. In recognition of this, WWF is calling for a new work program on climate and nature to be established as part of future COP climate summits,” Carvalho added.
Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed here by the authors are their own, not those of Impakter.com — In the Featured Photo: Ministerial Family Photo at Pre-COP in Abu Dhabi, UAE, October 29-31, 2023. Featured Photo Credit: COP28 UAE.