30 Nov 2023
UN Climate Change Conference Calls for Accelerated Global Climate Action
The UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai released the Yearbook of Global Climate Action 2023, emphasising the need to ramp up the pace of climate action. The yearbook highlights that while businesses, investors, cities, states, and regions are intensifying their commitments to climate action, these efforts still fall short of the required pace and […]

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai released the Yearbook of Global Climate Action 2023, emphasising the need to ramp up the pace of climate action.

The yearbook highlights that while businesses, investors, cities, states, and regions are intensifying their commitments to climate action, these efforts still fall short of the required pace and scale to restrict the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Simon Stiell, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, emphasised the imperative for widespread acceleration of climate action. He highlighted the essential need for comprehensive systems transformation, spanning energy, transportation, societal relations with nature, and social systems, crucial for swiftly reducing emissions and fortifying resilience. Stiell advocated for increased collaboration between participating entities and non-party stakeholders to significantly enhance joint climate goals.

The 2023 Yearbook, the seventh in its series, offers an overview of the progress, trends, and challenges of real-world climate action undertaken by non-party stakeholders.

What Is Global Climate Action Portal

The Global Climate Action Portal, detailed in the Yearbook, now boasts over 32,000 registered actors, showcasing a 6% increase from the 2022 report and a nearly sixfold rise compared to 2015. Yet, substantial gaps persist both in the portal’s geographical coverage and the diversity of solutions pursued by non-party stakeholders.

In the Yearbook’s foreword, High-Level Champions Mahmoud Mohieldin of Egypt and Razan Al Mubarak of the UAE collectively called for an escalation of climate action during this decade. They stressed the significance of effective implementation, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and anchored in the principle of climate justice. They view the global stocktake as an opportunity for unified progress.

What Are The Key Outlines Of The Yearbook

Key highlights from the 2023 Yearbook include increased support for climate-resilient cities, enhanced financial mobilisation for marginalised groups such as Indigenous Peoples, publication of a handbook aiding non-party stakeholders in aligning policies with net-zero objectives, and the launch of a report elucidating methods to unlock climate financing in Africa.

The 2023 Yearbook notably focuses on the conclusion of the inaugural global stocktake at COP28, commencing in Dubai.

This stocktake enables countries and stakeholders to assess collective progress towards fulfilling the Paris Climate Change Agreement’s goals and identifying areas necessitating improvement. Governments will decide on leveraging the global stocktake outcomes to bolster ambition in their forthcoming climate action plans due in 2025.

Non-party stakeholders shared insights on how governments can respond robustly to the stocktake at COP28. Seven key messages emerged, underscoring the necessity for aligning climate action with the 1.5 degrees Celsius goal, scaling up existing opportunities, involving non-party stakeholders in bolstering climate action, ensuring the credibility of commitments, promoting international cooperation rooted in climate justice, avoiding compartmentalisation of climate action, and urgently channelling fair financial flows.

Stiell concluded, advocating that the sole fitting response to the stocktake is heightened ambition and accelerated action, paving the way to 2030 to curb global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius while reinforcing resilience.

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