UAE urges countries’ roadmap for eliminating fossil fuels

(VOVWORLD) -The United Arab Emirates, the host the 28th United Nations Conference on Climate Change has urged participating countries to quickly announce their roadmaps to eliminate fossil fuels. 
UAE urges countries’ roadmap for eliminating fossil fuels - ảnh 1COP28 President, Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber of the UAE (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Speaking at a meeting of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, COP28 President, Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber of the UAE, warned that the political drive for the fight against climate change achieved at COP28 in Dubai last year would disappear if countries do not quickly announce their specific action programs.

At COP28, countries adopted an agreement on gradually phasing out fossil fuels for the first time. At that time, no country had yet published a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) report.

Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber said, “We must now turn an unprecedented agreement into unprecedented action. All parties who signed the UAE Consensus must work on enhancing their Nationally Determined Contributions, ahead of the next cycle coming in 2025. That work needs to start right now.”

NDC is a nationally committed contribution to climate response. It includes goals of adapting and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and subsequent climate change by responding with policies and measures to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement 2015.

According to the Paris Agreement, countries need to update their NDCs every five years with the next deadline coming in 2025. Experts are concerned that countries have not updated the commitments they adopted at COP28 on the new NDCs. This lack of commitment will hold back efforts to reduce emissions, while the UN is targeting even more ambitious goals at COP29 to be held in November in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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