A new era in climate action: COP28 marks historic shift

In the dynamic city of Dubai, history has been made. The 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) has reached a groundbreaking agreement, an unprecedented call for transitioning away from fossil fuels, a decision that will steer the world towards a more sustainable future.

The UAE consensus

A pact for the planet under the leadership of the United Arab Emirates and the visionary leadership of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, along with Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, President of COP28, a powerful pact has been forged by 198 parties. This pact, known as the UAE Consensus, serves as a compass leading us to a bold climate agenda. From day one, the mission was clear: develop a science-led plan, an inclusive blueprint focusing on emissions, adaptation, global finances, and the commitment to minimize loss and damage.

Decisive moments and monumental commitments

COP28 stands as a decisive moment in history. With gracious negotiations, monumental commitments have been made: an unprecedented shift from fossil fuels, steering towards Net Zero by 2050, a call to triple renewable energy and double energy efficiency by 2030, and a leap forward in nationally determined contributions. Sultan Al Jaber, as President of COP28, has emerged as a mastermind behind this historic achievement, a conductor of the symphony of change.

The architecture of a historic transition

As the architect of this historic transition, the COP Presidency has not only reshaped the narrative but has also etched its name in the annals of climate diplomacy. Its foresight, dedication, and ability to bridge divides stand as a testament to leadership that exceeds expectations. Despite initial skepticism about the leadership qualities of Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the actions taken during the conference have led to a historic breakthrough in climate policy.

A promise to future generations

As we close this chapter, COP28 signs a covenant with Brazil, the host of COP30, to deepen collaboration and elevate climate ambitions. It is a clear commitment: ensuring the promises resonate through COP29 and COP30. Today, we celebrate a COP destined for immortality, a turning point shaped by the UAE Consensus and the fearless leadership of the UAE President, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the COP Presidency of the United Arab Emirates.

Text by Andy Vermaut