COP28 President-Designate Calls on G20 Countries to Show Unity on Climate Action

COP28 President-Designate Calls on G20 Countries to Show Unity on Climate Action

The world wants transformational progress and it demands unprecedented results: H.E Dr Sultan Al Jaber at G20

COP President-Designate H.E Dr Sultan Al Jaber urged the G20 countries to take a leadership role on climate action and warned that their choices will have a significant impact on the outcomes for all countries.

H.E Dr Al Jaber expressed concern that his call at the G20 Climate Sustainability Ministerial Meeting in Chennai, India, last week to triple renewable energy capacity by 2030 has "yet to find expression in G20 outcomes".

The G20 accounts for 85% of global GDP and 80% of global emissions collectively. The decisions made by the G20 will have a significant impact on outcomes for everyone, everywhere. In this crucial decade, work with leaders to advance global climate action, H.E said.

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"The world wants transformational progress. The world demands unprecedented results," the COP28 President-Designate told G20 representatives, emphasizing that ambitious goals are only met through unity of purpose and solidarity in action.

The UN Secretary General's Climate Solidarity Pact and Acceleration Agenda should be supported by all parties, Dr. Al Jaber further urged. The President-Designate further emphasised the significance of advancing adaptation efforts in view of the fact that parties to the Paris Agreement have committed to the Global Goal on Adaptation.

Many of the indications are currently pointing in the wrong way. The hottest month ever was officially recorded this month as temperature records continue to be smashed. The biodiversity is disappearing. Agriculture land is deteriorating. Additionally, food insecurity is rising, H.E added.

With a day devoted to health problems and the first-ever climate health ministerial in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, COP28 will be the first conference to openly relate climate impacts to global health. To ensure the robustness of international health systems, the President-designate asked all G20 countries to collaborate on this.

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