COP28: The world’s eyes are on Dubai as leaders come together to address climate crisis

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COP28: The world’s eyes are on Dubai as leaders come together to address climate crisis


World leaders and climate advocates have come together today, November 30th, 2023, to launch the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. This summit, slated to unfold its impact from November 30 to December 12, is set to shape the future of our planet. As the supreme decision-making body of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), COP serves as a platform for countries to evaluate the convention’s progress and address crucial issues through legal instruments. Representatives from nations, including Nigeria, a signatory to the Paris Agreement, are actively participating in COP28.


Nigeria’s delegation aims to drive conversations aligned with its ambitious climate goals outlined in the Nationally Determined Contribution submitted to the UNFCCC. The UNFCCC anticipates a gathering of over 70,000 delegates in Dubai, emphasizing the global significance of the conference. This year’s discussions are poised to tackle contentious topics, notably the debate on fossil fuel phase-out and sustainable financing for the energy transition in developing nations.


In preparation for COP28, a pre-summit workshop in Abuja featured insights from Salisu Dahiru, the Director General of Nigeria’s Climate Change Council. Dahiru highlighted the delegation’s commitment to advancing the operationalization of the Loss and Damage Fund, aiming to secure funds for Nigeria’s ambitious Energy Transition Plan. Establishing a Loss and Damage Fund at COP27 in Egypt last year was one of the laudable outcomes reached by the parties. Meanwhile, for the first time in COP history, an assessment of the parties’ performance (global stocktake) towards curbing global warming will be finalised.


The COP28 presidency has stated that the summit will be anchored on four key pillars this year: fast-tracking a just and orderly energy transition; addressing climate finance; emphasizing the impact on people, lives, and livelihoods (loss and damage); and fostering inclusivity across all COP initiatives.


The buzz is real, and the stakes are higher than ever. As nations unite under the UAE’s skyline, the stage is set for unprecedented commitments, groundbreaking initiatives, and a collective call to action against the looming climate crisis.

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