UN: before COP28, a strong message at the summit on climate ambition

Two months before COP28 in the United Arab Emirates, a summit on climate ambition was held on Wednesday 20 September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The meeting was supposed to encourage polluting countries to promise more to accelerate the energy transition. It also provided an opportunity to hear participants' frustration with climate inaction.

On the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, a summit on climate ambition was held in New York on 20 September 2023, without the world's biggest polluters. Getty Images via AFP - KENA BETANCUR

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With our special envoy in New York, Aabla Jounaïdi

The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, host of this summit, had warned: only the most ambitious countries in terms of carbon neutrality objectives will be received. Neither the United States nor China, the world's largest polluters, were there. Others were free to express their anger, like Chilean President Gabriel Boric:

« It is the most vulnerable countries and people, those with the least responsibility, who suffer the most. That is why any solution to the crisis must take into account the costs and damage caused by climate change but also take into account the efforts made by these countries to help them achieve their goals. »

#ClimateAction is dwarfed by the scale of the climate challenge.

Today at #UNGA, I'm urging leaders to generate momentum that we build on over the coming months.

We can – and we must turn up the tempo. pic.twitter.com/jnm6mnrRNf

— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) September 20, 2023

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As powerful as it was unexpected was the speech of California Governor Gavin Newsom, whose state, plagued by fires and drought, is suing oil companies: "It's time for us to be much clearer. This climate crisis is the climate crisis of fossil fuels. It's not complicated, it's not complicated... It is the burning of oil, gas, coal. And we must denounce it.


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A message with strong resonance as the next COP, the 28th of the name, is to be held next month in the United Arab Emirates, the sixth largest oil producer in the world.

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