Dubai, Dec 11 (EFE).- The UN climate summit (COP28) being held in Dubai will focus starting today on negotiating an agreement with which to stop the climate crisis and global warming, with the delicate issue of phasing out fossil fuels as the issue on which the parties are furthest apart.
And in these last 48 hours of the 28th edition of the climate summit there is only negotiation, after the organization has decided to reserve the last two official days of the meeting to debate the final resolution.
There are no talks, conferences, round tables, or high-level meetings in the blue zone reserved for delegations and organizations officially accredited to the climate meeting, although reports will be presented and there will be press conferences.
The national and organizational pavilions spread throughout the Expo 2020 Dubai site will be in the hands of officials busy analyzing and polishing texts while chief negotiators exchange bilateral, group and plenary meetings.
In the last few hours, the tone of the public statements of all those involved has hardened noticeably regarding the possibility that Dubai will emerge with a “special and unprecedented” climate agreement, as the president of Dubai said just two days ago. COP28, Sultan al Jaber, at the start of the final week of deliberations.
Al Yaber then asserted that his agreement proposals were receiving “positive responses” and predicted that at this COP28 a “result that is as ambitious as possible” will be achieved in his language regarding the abandonment of fossil fuels, one of the central issues of the climate debate. .
This Sunday the tone became more bitter and he acknowledged that “there are more areas of dissent than agreement,” so he urged everyone to work “faster, harder” and be “flexible.”
And during this same day, Al Jaber announced a change in the dynamics of the meeting to seat ministers and heads of mission “under one roof”, and in a circle, to “find meeting points and accelerate the negotiation.”
Al Jaber asked the negotiators to go to that meeting “prepared with solutions, prepared to be flexible and accept compromises,” and without prepared statements or predetermined positions.
That was only confirming the uncertainty that weighs on whether the climate meeting will finally close with a clear message about the end – or the beginning of the end – of fossil fuels, one of the central issues of the climate debate and, without a doubt, the one that most attention has aroused at this Dubai summit.
The European Union (EU), the United States and many developing countries and island states maintain that a declaration in this regard is essential; China, Russia, India or Saudi Arabia, quite the opposite.
In this framework, the meeting awaits hours of negotiations behind closed doors and “circles” of ministers, as well as specific press conferences, “off the record” meetings and other media actions in which the parties will vent their frustrations and try to draw lines of agreement. discussion inside and outside the rooms.
Environmentalists and “lobbyists” from the private sector, very numerous in Dubai, will also press their messages, which have been gaining strength and determination in recent hours.
There will also be draft agreements that will be scrutinized by everyone present at the meeting, literally down to the last comma.