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COP28 president terms it historic,says it helped bring close the timelines for global shift away from fossil fuels

After two weeks of deliberations and intense haggling over contentious issues, COP28 came to a close on Wednesday in Dubai, with its president, Dr Sultan Al Jaber, terming it historic. He said parties agreed to a landmark text named the UAE Consensus that sets out an ambitious climate agenda to keep 1.5°C within reach. We have worked very hard to secure a better future for our people and our planet. We should be proud of our historic achievement.” Al Jaber said he promised a different sort of COP. “A COP that brought everyone together—private and public, civil society and faith leaders, youth, and indigenous peoples. Everyone came together from day one. Everyone united, acted and delivered.” The UAE Consensus calls on parties to transition away from fossil fuels to reach net zero and encourages them to submit economy-wide Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This includes a new specific target to triple renewables and double energy efficiency by 2030, and builds momentum towards a new architecture for climate finance. The UAE Consensus, which follows a year of inclusive diplomatic engagements and two weeks of intense negotiations, reflects the COP28 presidency’s goal to provide the most ambitious response possible to the global stocktake and delivers on the central aims of the Paris Agreement. Throughout the COP28 process, Al Jaber and the COP28 Presidency team expressed determination to deliver “a plan that is led by science" and to define a new way for this and future COPs based on the inclusion of diverse people and elevating the needs of the Global South. “It is a balanced plan that tackles emissions, bridges the gap on adaptation, reimagines global finance, and delivers on loss and damage,” Al Jaber said. https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2023-12-14-cop28-uae-consensus-calls-on-parties-to-transition-from-fossil-fuels/

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  • George Kariuki

    18 w

    Great but the record presence of fossil fuel lobbyists at COP28 raises concerns about their influence on the negotiations and the potential for greenwashing.

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    • rosebellendiritu

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      @george_kariuki yes!by trying to show/explain how oils does not lead to pollution

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    • Rotich Kim

      18 w

      The remarks by uAE president is timely as the solution need to be found

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      • Joseph Githinji

        18 w

        @rotich_kim I agree, its now or never.

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      • Elizabeth Gathigia

        18 w

        It's really great, and we wait to see actions, nations working together great things will happen and I believe fossil fuel will be a history of the past

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        • Joseph Githinji

          18 w

          @elizbeth_gathigia true ,this is a collective responsibility that all nations must be partakers to phase out fossil fuels completely.

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          • rosebellendiritu

            18 w

            @elizbeth_gathigia unfortunately we can't expect much from these oil lords

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          • Gorffly mokua

            18 w

            Indeed it was an historic one but lets wait for actions!

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            • rosebellendiritu

              18 w

              @gorffly_mokua all the sustainable projects and all paths leading to less emissions should be implemented ASAP

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            • walter lungayi

              18 w

              This shows a positive step towards a more sustainable future.

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              • Joseph Githinji

                18 w

                Having such a forum in UAE where oil and fuel business has thrived much is a great score for our environment. I hope the consensus reached during the conference will be respected by all nations, especially the ones still holding onto the use of fossil fuels.

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                • rosebellendiritu

                  18 w

                  It's great it brings countries together and discuss towards achieving a common goal,now focus should be on implementing and making it possible achieve the target in the stipulated time.

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                  • Joseph Githinji

                    18 w

                    @rosebellendiritu hope the consensus will be put into action by all without fail.

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                  • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                    18 w

                    COP28 concludes with historic significance, as President Dr Sultan Al Jaber labels it a success, highlighting the creation of the UAE Consensus. This landmark agreement outlines an ambitious climate agenda, emphasizing the goal to maintain the 1.5°C target. The consensus urges a shift away from fossil fuels, with specific targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2030. Al Jaber emphasizes the inclusive nature of COP28, uniting diverse stakeholders to address emissions, adaptation, global finance, and loss and damage, reflecting a commitment to science-led and balanced climate action. The UAE Consensus sets a positive tone for a global shift towards sustainability.

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                    • Gorffly mokua

                      18 w

                      Great! This reflects growing global momentum toward a shift away from fossil fuels.

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                      • Joseph Githinji

                        18 w

                        @gorffly_mokua sure,with such deliberations fossil fuels will be a thing of the past.

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                      • johnte ndeto

                        18 w

                        Such forums like one created cop28 should be encouraged to bring nations together to discuss and deliberate climate matters

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                        • Jane Wangui

                          18 w

                          @johnte_ndeto It was particularly awesome to include the youth hub too.Very involving.

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                          • Joseph Githinji

                            18 w

                            @johnte_ndeto it is a great platform for all to air their ideas and challenges and how to deal with them for the betterment of the environment.

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                          • Princess

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                            It's encouraging to see global cooperation moving us closer to a more sustainable and eco-friendly future.

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