Reactions pour in as COP28 concludes, LDCs term outcome 'not perfect'

Published On: December 14, 2023 11:30 AM NPT By: RSS

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: As the two-week-long UN climate summit, COP28, concludes, reactions are pouring in from various groups- with much concern and little celebration.

“This outcome is not perfect; we expected more. It reflects the very lowest possible ambition that we could accept rather than what we know, according to the best available science, is necessary to urgently address the climate crisis." It was the reaction of Chair of UN Least Developed Countries Group, Madeleine Diouf Sarr, to the outcome of COP28, which concluded in Dubai, the UAE on Wednesday.

She called the inclusion of 'fossil fuel' a historic decision as it is the first ever reference in the outcome document. Sarr, however, stated, "We are concerned about the loopholes that it leaves open, which could limit true emissions reductions and ambition."

According to her, international cooperation is key to ensuring limiting global heating to 1.5 C, which she called 'matter of survival'. The LDC's concern was also on the yawning gap between the needs in developing countries and finance available.

Similarly, Dean and Professor at Fletcher School, Kelly Sims Gallagher, said, "The 'transitioning away from fossil fuels' language is new and sends a useful signal to the market but the critical task is to peak global emissions as soon as possible with immediate and sustained reductions thereafter and there is no decision text on peaking global emissions."

Head of Global Political Strategy at Climate Action Network International, Harjeet Singh, observed, "After decades of evasion, COP28 finally cast a glaring spotlight on the real culprits of the climate crisis: fossil fuels. A long-overdue direction to move away from coal, oil, and gas has been set."

Yet at the same time, he showed concern that the resolution is plagued by dodges which, he says, will create escape routes to the fossil fuel industries.

A keen observer of COP28 and member of the National Climate Council, Bimal Raj Regmi, responded that the inclusion of mountains in the decision text of global stocktake and global goal on adaptation is an achievement for Nepal. However, he said, "While we are celebrating the success, we failed to do justice to vulnerable communities. The GGA text is full of generic goals and lacks real, immediate, and impactful support to adapt to climate change."


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