Dubai, Dec 11 (EFE).- The president of the Dubai Climate Summit (COP28), Sultan al Yaber, stated that the latest draft presented today to the parties as the final document of the Global Balance is “a huge step forward” in achieving “the ambitions” of the meeting.
Just minutes after the long-awaited document was released, Al Yaber noted in a message that with the draft “progress has been made, but there is still much to do” in order to obtain a satisfactory result.
The presidency’s draft includes “lowering the production and consumption” of fossil fuels to achieve the goal of being net zero emissions by 2050, or sooner, following the indications of science, instead of ending them gradually.
However, there is no mention of ending fossil fuels.
“This COP28 presidency has been clear from the beginning about its ambitions. This text reflects those ambitions and is a big step forward. It is now in the hands of the parties, whom we trust to do what is best for humanity and the planet,” Al Yaber said.
Immediately after publishing the draft, Al Yaber began a plenary session of the summit and there indicated that the negotiators must be “ambitious” and pointed precisely to the “language of fossil fuels” as an objective to be resolved in order to obtain a final document.
“We must work much faster, smarter, and we have no choice but to work together. We must not let anything get into the confidence that we all have, in being focused like a laser beam on the result, which is to maintain the goal of 1 .5 degrees within our reach,” he said.
He added that “we need to send a signal to the world that multilateralism works and that this process can respond to what science is telling us, that it can respond for the most vulnerable.”
In response to this draft, the highest representatives of the European Union (EU) indicated that this text is “unacceptable” and “insufficient” to tackle the climate crisis, and that they will continue negotiating until the mention of the end of fossil fuels is included. .