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Climate Ministers Meet To Pave Way for COP28.

By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja

For the first time since COP27, ministers of climate and prominent political figures will meet in person to advance the COP process.

They are expected to push for further robust climate action that meets COP27’s milestone achievements and ambitions, and maintains the momentum for delivering at COP28, where the priorities will include: operationalizing the loss and damage funding arrangements and fund, finalizing the outcome on Global Goals on Adaptation, Implementing the Mitigation Work Programme, launching the Just Transition Work Programme and keeping the 1.5 ambition alive.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister and COP27 President HE Sameh Shoukry, and COP28 President-Designate, Dr. Sultan Al-Jaber, will co-chair the meeting with Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, other UN senior officials and non-governmental stakeholders in attendance.

The political high-level meeting in the Danish capital will focus on catalyzing the implementation of the outcomes from COP27. The meeting will tackle the main issues of adaptation, finance, mitigation, and loss and damage through a threefold agenda that addresses: Implementing the Sharm el-Sheikh Implementation Plan (SHIP) and building on COP27 outcomes, commitments, and pledges, setting the course for a successful COP28 in UAE, and cementing Paris Agreements targets through the first Global Stocktake exercise

COP27 President and Foreign Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt, HE Sameh Shoukry said“I am very pleased to co-lead once again the Copenhagen Climate Ministerial. Last year, Minister Dan Jørgensen and the Danish Government provided a dynamic and constructive platform for ministerial climate conversations. The Ministerial is an opportunity for us to reflect on the instrumental breakthroughs, as well as key achievements that came out of Sharm El Sheikh and consolidate the  unity of purpose in fighting climate change and driving further implementation and action through 2023, on the road to COP28 in the UAE. I continue to urge more ambitious climate action, remind us of the perils of backsliding, and to stay focused on implementation and outcomes,”  

“As we approach the mid-point of this critical decade, the Global Stocktake will underscore the paramount importance of a continuum of progress, identification of opportunities and challenges, and supporting further action and ambition across all themes in a transparent, participatory, and inclusive manner. This vital and long anticipated milestone of the Paris Agreement architecture will highly benefit from continuous and consistent political leadership, engagement, and support,” mentioned the invitation to the Ministerial Meeting.

The ministerial agenda will comprise plenaries and breakout sessions, on climate adaptation, finance, loss and damage, mitigation, as well as the ‘Global Stocktake’, which will take place at COP28. The Global Stocktake is part of the ambition mechanism built into the Paris Agreement and will take stock of its implementation to assess the common progress of succeeding with the long-term goals of the Agreement.

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