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COP28 To Focus On Delivering Real Results For Global South

COP28 will produce a “plan of action that reignites momentum on each of the pillars of climate action, from mitigation to adaptation, finance and loss and damage,” Sultan Al Jaber, COP28 President-Delegate said

COP28 To Focus On Delivering Real Results For Global South
"COP28 will address the impacts of climate change and livelihoods," Sultan Al Jaber, COP28 President-Delegate said

Dubai: COP28 President-Delegate, Sultan Al Jaber, today delivered a virtual address at the meeting of G77 + China Ministers and High Authorities of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, held in Havana, on Sustainable, Inclusive and Resilient Development, where he reiterated the need to reform climate finance and international financial institutions (IFIs). Al Jaber said,

With 80% of the global population, the G77 provides an essential forum for the Global South to deliver a united voice on the critical issue of climate change. That voice is all the more important now in light of the impacts – which are being felt the most in the Global South.

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COP28 will deliver a plan of action that is both ambitious and practical, “focused on results that address the needs of the Global South,” the President-Designate stated, adding that COP28 will, “fast track a just energy transition that triples renewables, doubles hydrogen production, and increases energy efficiency while phasing down the use of fossil fuels,” he continued.

We must safeguard energy affordability, accessibility and security while maintaining socio-economic development.

COP28 will produce a “plan of action that reignites momentum on each of the pillars of climate action, from mitigation to adaptation, finance and loss and damage,” the President-Designate stated, adding that on adaptation,

We need to double finance to USD 40 billion and allow for a truly global early warning system – built on the best technologies.

He reminded the gathering,

The single largest obstacle to success is finance – and the COP28 Presidency is committed to addressing this issue in a real way.

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“There are encouraging signs that the long overdue $100-billion-dollar pledge will be fulfilled,” he stated, yet cautioning, “IFIs and MDBs are not distributing concessional finance anywhere near quickly enough. Climate finance needs to be more available, more accessible, and more affordable.”

Dr. Al Jaber told the audience that COP28 will work to lower the level of risk, mobilizing “the private sector – unlocking trillions of dollars in climate finance.”

For the first time, COP28 “will address the impacts of climate change and livelihoods by putting food, health and nature at the heart of COP,” Al Jaber said, reminding the assembled dignitaries that at COP27,

The unity of the G77 was critical to delivering a historic outcome on Loss & Damage. Indeed, G77 countries can help us on each of the priority areas by pushing for unity and solidarity throughout the negotiations.

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Further elaborating on the upcoming event, Al Jaber said,

COP28 will be the first COP to host a G77 summit. We urge you to use this platform to shape ambitious outcomes and accelerated action.

The President-Designate went on to say the COP28 will need G77’s help to deliver

A bold and transformative response to the Global Stocktake. To conclude the Global Goal on Adaptation. To accelerate a balanced and just energy transition. And to finally deliver the scale and scope of climate finance that is needed for concrete results.

He concluded his remarks with a call to unite, act, and deliver,

Let us work together to pave the way towards an inclusive, sustainable, and resilient future for all.

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