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By Checky Abuje

Ahead of on-going COP 28, and at the end of a record-breaking year of heat, UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report and Adaptation Gap Report has shown dangerously slow progress on emissions reduction, adaptation planning and finance.

The UN Climate Conference (COP28) taking place in Dubai for the next 12days however offers a chance for Member States to build greater ambition for the next round of climate pledges and to commit to ambitious, credible climate action.

The conference marks the conclusion of the first Global Stocktake (GST), the main mechanism through which progress under the Paris Agreement is assessed. The Stocktake will help align the efforts on climate action, including measures that need to be put in place to bridge the gaps in progress.

UNEP’s engagement at COP28 will focus on various thematic areas including; climate finance, climate adaptation; loss and damage, climate technology, a just and equitable transition that prioritizes the rights and needs of communities and groups most affected by the climate crisis, and supporting the COP28 UAE Presidency on a range of activities and topics, including sustainable cooling, methane, food systems, nature and land use.

In collaboration with the Muslim Council of Elders and the Cop28 presidency, UNEP will hold its own pavilion and host the first Faith Pavilion which will be proceeded by climate change Reports launch at the conference.

Meanwhile, the Pragmatic Social Action, an NGO offering grassroot climate action among most vulnerable communities added its voice and said COP28 must not be like other COPs.

“We don’t want promises. What Africa, what Kenya and what all other African countries need are commitments, concrete steps towards sure actions that will build community resilience, enhance emission reductions and finances to support of our actions,” said Jeannate Juma, campaign manager at the PSA.

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