COP28 President Sultan al-Jaber told AFP: "Very enthusiastic and cautiously optimistic"

Five days before COP28 in Dubai, its president, Emirati Sultan al-Jaber, defends in an interview with Agence France-Presse a massive participation of companies in this new edition of the climate conference. However, many of them are the largest emitters of greenhouse gases.

COP28 President Sultan al-Jaber, UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change, in Abu Dhabi on October 2, 2023. AP - Kamran Jebreili

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Everyone must be part of the process, the COP28 president insists. According to him, this includes all industries, especially those that emit a lot of CO2 such as aviation, transport in general, the production of aluminum, cement or steel, as well as the oil and gas industry.


I am highly motivated, very enthusiastic and cautiously optimistic. Everyone can see the great momentum we are having: the Transition Committee has achieved a very positive result, I have led a successful visit to the European Union, which has committed itself to providing a substantial contribution on 'loss and damage'. You've also seen the joint statement by the U.S. and China and how they're cooperating in the lead-up to COP28, or the OECD's $100 billion report. I was encouraged by the signals from the US-China summit (mid-November in San Francisco): they agree on holding a summit on methane (the second largest greenhouse gas after CO2) during the COP and on working collaboratively to ensure the success and most ambitious outcomes of COP28. I want very ambitious results at COP28. And I look forward to us collectively agreeing on a concrete climate action plan. We are making great progress on energy, finance, health and nature," Sultan al-Jaber told AFP.

It is my hope that COP28 will be the multilateral platform that will bring good news to the world. The world already suffers enough from polarization and division.

Some 70,000 participants are expected in Dubai. A thousand business and philanthropic leaders are registered for a two-day meeting to be held in parallel with the summit of heads of state and government. A series of commitments are expected to be announced by companies on this occasion.

Not to mention the private sector, and Sultan al-Jaber insists on this. It should be encouraged to join efforts to solve the challenges of climate finance. "I will call on every industry to assume its responsibilities and be held accountable in order to achieve the goal of one and a half degrees of global warming," said the COP28 president.

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