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By  Imali  Ngusale

The world’s largest climate summit, COP28 is now officially underway in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Over 70, 000 delegates across the globe have arrived to deliberate on the pace required to reduce or perhaps limit the global temperature from the dreaded 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Speaking on cite on the first date of the summit the commonwealth secretary general, Patricia Janet Scotland said “It’s time for action, we cannot afford any more talk because people are literally dying and countries are literally sinking in debt.”

Patricia underscored that “Action is absolutely vital and we need it now!” She also said that so many countries are determined to have climate justice.”

This notwithstanding, it is unclear how African countries will benefit from COP28’s climate justice dialogues. It is also unclear whether losses and climate disasters that have grappled Africa in 2023 will be taken into consideration in the upcoming bilateral and multilateral discussions.

What is clear is that there is a buzz of activities in Dubai and talk shops on the pace of climate change and climate crisis will reverberate to newsworthy articles.

It is also worth noting that the 2023 Yearbook of Global Climate Action 2023 dabbed the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action underscored that the impacts of climate change on human health are likely to worsen in the coming years.

“Climate action needs to accelerate everywhere.” Said Simon Stiell, the UN Climate Change Executive Secretary. “The world is in dire need of systems transformation to rapidly reduce emissions and building resilience.”

Perhaps the transformational shift is what will eventually change the culture of climate justice debates and enhance action towards our collective climate goals.

Stiell also noted that, “Greater collaboration between Parties and non-Party stakeholders is an opportunity to radically enhance action towards our collective climate goals.”

The radical shift in this case will require renewed ambition and accelerated action to limit global warming.

Concurring to this sentiment, High-Level Champions Mahmoud Mohieldin from Egypt and Razan Al Mubarak from the United Arab Emirates jointly called for “a step-up of climate action.”

In their view, “Effective implementation needs to be pursued under the guiding principle of climate justice.”

The idea of climate justice  in the context of the United Nations refers to putting equity and human rights at the core of decision-making and action on climate change.

This basically means that governments, business, financial institutions, local authorities, and civil societies need to move beyond pledges to credible actions, policies and plans that have human rights-based approach and are in line with the UNSG’s Acceleration Agenda.

Whether this is achievable or not is pegged on the political and good will of government leaders from the global north who inadvertently determine the pace of change.

Whereas, the stocktake process has made clear pursuing climate justice requires far sighted approach to accelerate action, the realities at hand requires national and sub national governments, businesses, investors, youth, Indigenous Peoples, workers and civil society parties to speed up change of politics or risk phasing out humanity.

 

 

Source of original article: Africa Science News (africasciencenews.org).
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