Pioneering a Just Energy Transition As South Africa embarks on an ambitious plan to transaction away from fossil fuels, the country can chart a path forward for Africa on climate action and energy security. 4 February 2023

Op-ed by His Excellency Mahash Saeed Al Hameli, UAE Ambassador to South Africa

The global climate community will reconvene for its most significant meeting yet this November, with COP28 set to take place in Expo City Dubai. The summit will come at a vital time when the world seeks to evaluate progress made in implementing the Paris Agreement through the Global Stocktake.

Where the previous iteration of the event – COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh – saw momentum on the issue of losses and damages associated with climate change, COP28, the most significant multilateral event the UAE has ever hosted, will focus on reigniting momentum on mitigation and bringing the goal of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees within reach. Key to this will be ensuring consensus on the global response to the Stocktake and building the necessary partnerships to drive climate ambition.

As part of its prioritization of mitigation, COP28 will aim to accelerate the energy transition, and work to reform land use and food systems.


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