COP28 President welcomes US - China Agreement

Abu Dhabi, November 15, 2023

"I welcome and congratulate the US and China on this significant announcement, which responds to the global community’s repeated calls for action and raises the bar for an ambitious response to the first Global Stock Take.

The world needs good news, and expectations remain high. We must restore trust in multilateralism. Today’s announcement demonstrates that, when we work towards a greater good, we can deliver historic, meaningful, high-ambition outcomes.

The consensus reached between the US and China is a significant outcome ahead of COP28. Tripling renewables capacity and cutting power-sector emissions by 2030, coupled with commitments to urgently reduce methane emissions and tackle all greenhouses gases through economy-wide NDCs, whilst anticipating peaking in this critical decade, will have a meaningful impact for generations to come.

The Global Stocktake evidences that there is much to be done to get back on track and keep 1.5C within reach. It will require all parties to unite, act, and deliver a high-ambition GST decision at COP28.
I urge all parties to raise ambition ahead of COP28".

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber
COP28 President-Designate