The president of the 28th Conference of Parties (Cop28) celebrates a significant agreement to shift away from using fossil fuels, describing it as a momentous achievement. A video captures the president’s remarks.
The climate summit, known as Cop28, has approved a deal that its supporters claim will be the first step in steering nations away from the use of fossil fuels in order to prevent the most severe consequences of climate change. The final version of the agreement avoided the terms ‘phase out’ and ‘phase down’, which had caused considerable debate among participating countries, instead opting for language that emphasizes the need to ‘transition away’ from reliance on fossil fuels. Sultan Al Jaber, president of the summit and representative of the United Arab Emirates, stated that the plan is a balanced approach that addresses emissions and is founded on shared principles. He also emphasized the importance of inclusivity in strengthening this historic package designed to accelerate climate action, which has gained consensus from the UAE.