UN Climate Change Executive Secretary urges swift action at COP28 opening

  • Date: 30-Nov-2023
  • Source: NNA Lebanon
  • Sector:Oil & Gas
  • Country:Egypt
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UN Climate Change Executive Secretary urges swift action at COP28 opening

NNA - In a compelling address at the commencement of the 28th Conference of Parties (COP28), UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiell stressed the urgency for accelerated global action to combat climate change. Acknowledging the transition of leadership from Egypt to the United Arab Emirates, Stiell emphasized the weighty responsibility of steering the world towards a more sustainable future.

Drawing an analogy to his son#39;s infancy, Stiell likened the current pace of climate action to tentative baby steps, urging delegates to propel these efforts forward at a much swifter rate. Highlighting the alarming environmental consequences of inaction, he reiterated the critical need to swiftly transition from an unstable and vulnerable world to one equipped to handle the complexities of climate impacts.

Stiell outlined two pivotal options facing the COP28 attendees: either acknowledge the lack of progress and postpone actions, or commit to safeguarding every individual worldwide while swiftly transitioning to sustainable practices. Emphasizing the need for equitable and just transitions, he advocated for inclusivity, ensuring that women, indigenous communities, and youth have equal opportunities in benefiting from these transformations.

The Executive Secretary articulated a visionary plan for the upcoming years, announcing key milestones including the submission of Biennial Transparency Reports in 2024,