UN Chief to World Leaders: End Fossil Fuel Age

protesters hold a sign that says end fossil fuels
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
UN Chief to World Leaders: End Fossil Fuel Age

In about 24 hours, governments around the world are expected to arrive at a consensus on climate change commitments. Failure to agree on climate finance and phasing out fossil fuels are two crucial issues that are still subject for debate ahead of the Tuesday deadline.

More than 80,000 delegates meet for the two-week conference in the oil-rich country of United Arab Emirates to assess the progress of countries in meeting emissions reduction eight years after the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The Paris deal aims to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius to avoid catastrophic climate change and to scale up finance for developing countries.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed concern over the slow progress on the negotiations and urged countries to resolve remaining sticking points. 

“The world is on the brink of climate disaster and this conference must mark a turning point. I renew my urgent appeal to leaders to recommit the 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5 C) warming limit, end the fossil fuel age and to deliver climate justice,” Guterres said.

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This story was produced as part of the 2023 Climate Change Media Partnership, a journalism fellowship organized by Internews' Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Centre for Peace and Security. It was first published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on 12 December 2023 and has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Banner image: Climate activists gather outside the main venue of the COP28 talks in Dubai on Sunday to reiterate their call for countries to junk fossil fuels / Credit: Imelda Abano.

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