Open letter to COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber from 800+ global leaders

As COP28 enters its second week, over 1700 signatories and counting from across business, finance, philanthropy, politics, academia and civil society join forces to call on Sultan Al Jaber and all Parties to deliver a 1.5C aligned outcome in response to the Global Stocktake - because later is too late.

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Dear COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber,
Please see below a letter signed by these signatories.
December 8, 2023, Dubai:
As we enter the final days of COP28, we are at a tipping point.
The world and its people need the strongest possible outcome to keep 1.5 degrees within reach. But delivering on this historic task requires us to act like a team.
The signals of transformation and opportunity across sectors and society are all around us. At the same time, the climate emergency is biting harder than ever. It’s up to us to seize this opportunity – because what is achieved here in Dubai must mark a legacy moment which determines the fate of our future generations.
We – CEOs, mayors, governors, investors, Indigenous peoples, health professionals, young people, faith leaders, scientists, athletes and more – stand in courage and resolve with the COP28 President and all Parties in bringing us together behind a rapid response plan to the Global Stocktake.
To reach this positive tipping point, we know we need the following:
An orderly phase out of all fossil fuels in a just & equitable way, in line with a 1.5C trajectory – whilst ensuring the tripling of global renewable energy capacity by 2030 from 2022 levels and the doubling of energy efficiency
The enabling environment to scale up and shift public and private finance, with developed countries taking the lead in action and support; putting a price on carbon and tripling investments for renewable energy
The halt and reversal of deforestation and land degradation as well as biodiversity & other ecosystem loss by 2030; ensure resilient food systems and deliver a strong global goal on adaptation
These outcomes must be supported by the implementation and ratcheting of Nationally Determined Contributions and National Adaptation Plans well before COP30 in 2025 which align with 1.5C and incorporate multi-stakeholder efforts within them.
Later is too late.
Notable Signatories

34 finance leaders inc.
  • Gunther Thallinger (Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance)
  • Hiro Mizuno (Good Steward Partners, LLC)
  • Jeroen Rijpkema (Triodos Bank)
  • Juan Carlos Mora Uribe (Bancolombia)
  • Nili Gilbert (David Rockefeller Fund)
  • Jon Abrahamsson Ring (Inter IKEA Group)
300+ businesses inc. CEOs from
  • Chobani
  • ESB
  • Fortescue
  • Greyston
  • Harley-Davidson, Inc.
  • Heineken
  • Ingka Group I IKEA
  • Natura &Co
  • Nestlé
  • Novozymes
  • Maersk
  • Octopus Energy
  • Roche Holding AG
  • Royal Philips
  • Salesforce
  • SSE plc
  • Thrive Global
  • Unilever
  • Virgin Group
66 faith leaders inc.
Laudato Si Movement
20+ global leaders
  • Adair Turner
  • Christiana Figueres
  • Graça Machel
  • Gina McCarthy
  • Gonzalo Muñoz
  • Halla Tómasdóttir
  • Hindou Omarou Ibrahim
  • Izabella Teixeira
  • Ingmar Rentzhog
  • Jacinda Ardern
  • Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE
  • Laurence Tubiana
  • Yolanda Kakabadse
  • Mary Robinson
  • Manuel Pulgar Vidal
  • Dr Mo Ibrahim
  • Nigel Topping
  • Pat Mitchell
  • Paul Polman
  • Rebecca Solnit
  • Van Jones
  • Wanjira Mathai
240+ NGOs inc.
  • C40 Cities
  • Instituto Clima e Sociedade
  • NRDC
  • SHE Changes Climate
  • The Elders
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • UN Global Compact
  • WWF
  • We Are Family Foundation
  • We Mean Business Coalition
  • World Resources Institute
  • Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
  • Philanthropists
Andrew Steer (Bezos Earth Fund)
Kate Hampton (CIFF)
Leslie Johnson (Laudes)
Mafalda Duarte (Green Climate Fund)

70+ scientists
  • Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
  • Gail Whiteman
  • Jeremy Oppenheim
  • Johan Rockström
Subnational leaders
  • Anne Hidalgo (Mayor, Paris)
  • Sadiq Khan (Mayor, London)
  • Yvonne Aki Sawyer (Mayor, Freetown)
Global Youth Leaders
  • Ayisha Siddiqua
  • Jerome Foster II
  • Joshua Amponsem
  • Luisa Neubauer
  • Vanessa Nakate
  • Xiye Bastida

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  • Rotich Kim

    18 w

    This is great but we need all voice on board to realized the goal of fighting for climate justice and eliminating fossils and the use of fuel

    • Clement Spanoh

      18 w

      It's encouraging and this shows that cop has had some impacts

        • ARTPORT_making waves

          18 w

          @WeDontHaveTime the link doesn’t work. Can you check the update and share it again pls? Or does Google block it?

        • Kevin ROLFE

          18 w

          Yes, this follows on from the excellent Open Letter, on behalf of "The Climate System", by Jean-Pascal van Ypersele and Michael Meredith.

          • Patrick Kiash

            18 w

            Powerful voice,they should all listen to the voice including their supporters

            • Jan Juffermans

              18 w

              It's Now or Never..... Keep all fossil fuel in the ground, as soon as possible!

              • walter lungayi

                19 w

                It's encouraging to see such a diverse group of signatories coming together to urge for urgent action on climate change at COP28. The call for a 1.5C aligned outcome is crucial in order to address the pressing issues highlighted in the Global Stocktake. Delaying action is no longer an option.

                • Munene Mugambi

                  19 w

                  All these leaders and all these people are not wrong, listen to the voice of reason and deal with climate change by phasing out of fossil fuels

                  • Gorffly mokua

                    19 w

                    It's important for all parties to work together to create a sustainable future for our planet.💚

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