Since I last wrote in July, many parts of the world have experienced record temperatures and severe
climate shocks. From the devastation of Derna to Lahaina, mounting climate impacts are destroying lives
and livelihoods in every corner of our world. But as we continue to listen and engage with you and many
others, there are strong signs of hope and optimism. From global to local, young to old, we recognize a
renewed confidence around action, and a hunger for ambitious solutions. It is our collective responsibility
to deliver for many across the globe who are imparting their trust upon us.
As COP President, I am asking you for your help to ensure that we can deliver a comprehensive
plan of action at COP28 and meet the level of ambition the world needs. I therefore call for your
partnership, your collaboration, and your leadership.
The latest science from the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report highlights that we are way off track from pathways consistent with keeping 1.5°C and the Paris Goals within reach. The report and real-world impacts underscore the need for us to turn ambition into action and to replace rhetoric with real results. We need to think bigger and implement quicker to reduce global emissions by 43% relative to 2019 levels by 2030, radically scale up climate financing, and engage in enhanced adaptation action to build resilience and avoid irreversible impacts.
The challenge we face is immense. While there is a rapidly closing window to course correct, there are key
opportunities for the swift scale up of climate action and for climate-positive investments that catalyze a
growth trajectory to achieve shared prosperity. We need to harness these opportunities to go after the 22
gigatons of GHG emissions that we need to cut in the next seven years and to accelerate the transition to
new low-emission, high-growth, sustainable economic models in a way that is transformational and
addresses the dual challenges of climate and development in a just and equitable way. That is why the
Incoming Presidency laid out an ambitious agenda in July, focused on four paradigm shifts to guide our
work under the negotiating mandates and the Presidency’s Action Agenda:
- Fast-tracking the just, equitable and orderly energy transition and slashing emissions before 2030;
- Transforming climate finance by delivering on old promises and setting the framework for a new deal on finance;
- Putting nature, people, lives and livelihoods at the heart of climate action;
- Mobilizing for an inclusive COP.
As we move closer to COP28, we are witnessing progress and growing political momentum from leaders
and the climate community to pursue solutions across these priorities. At the Amazon Summit, countries
in the Amazon mobilized around the Belém Declaration to protect the world’s biggest rainforest. In
Kenya, African leaders agreed on an ambitious push to accelerate climate action in the Nairobi
Declaration, including a strong call to land a comprehensive outcome on the GST at COP28 and to
develop a Global Climate Finance Charter. In New Delhi, the G20 highlighted the importance of ambitious
action on all pillars of the Paris Agreement, including the fulfilment of the $100 billion by developed
countries, efforts to triple renewable energy capacity globally, a holistic approach that takes into account
all technological solutions in accordance with the science, and a commitment to accelerate investment in
climate-resilient food systems.
At UNGA, we heard the need to move beyond pledges and to tangible actions, policies, and plans. The
Alliance of Small Island States called to urgently provide sufficient, new, predictable, and accessible
financing for addressing loss and damage. The Ministerial on Loss and Damage underscored Parties’
commitment to COP28 delivering the operationalization of the fund and funding arrangements at speed
and scale for the most climate vulnerable.
We intend to build on this collective progress and ensure that COP28 becomes a defining milestone for
Parties to accelerate action and deliver real results. As we head into the final 43 days before COP28, with
preparations well underway for leaders and negotiators to convene at this most critical moment, we
would like to share our vision on how we can work together over the two weeks of COP28 and our
expectations for the negotiations and the World Climate Action Summit (WCAS).
We invite leaders to attend the World Climate Action Summit on December 1st and 2nd and to come
prepared to respond to the existing gaps in climate action, with increased ambition and accelerated
implementation, to enable material progress building on the outcomes of COP27. All leaders will be
invited to make National Statements and outline their concrete commitments to bring the world on track.
The Presidency will also host several events centered on our four paradigm shifts. Leaders with
transformative actions focused on these priorities will be given the stage at thematic sessions. We
encourage your sustained close engagement with the Incoming Presidency team to understand the
contributions you are planning to make.
Following WCAS, each day at COP will be based on thematic areas, responding to extensive consultation
with Parties and stakeholders. The program for December 3rd to 10th, which can be found on the COP28
website, reflects the topics that were repeatedly raised during consultations. These include annual
features of the COP agenda such as energy, finance and youth, and new, essential topics like health, food
systems, and the inclusion of children.