COP28 is over. But climate pledges are still emerging in the final days of 2023

(Inside Climate News, 19 Dec 2023) The U.N. climate talks ended with mixed reviews, with many advocates wanting more ambition. A slew of national pledges this week could provide renewed hope going into 2024.

On the day before the United Nations’ flagship climate summit was scheduled to end, a top official for the global body that runs the annual conference urged nations to stay focused and bring their “highest ambition” to the table.

“In this final quarter, it’s all eyes on the prize,” Simon Stiell, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, told the room of delegates gathered in Dubai. “That means highest ambition outcomes must stay front and center.”

But when a deal finally emerged two days later, as COP28 ran into overtime amid heated disagreement over whether to “phase out” fossil fuels, many climate advocates were disappointed with the outcome, saying this year’s agreement fell short of the aspirations called for in Stiell’s speech. Others saw the deal, which compelled nations for the first time to “transition away” from fossil fuels, as a pivotal moment in history, signaling to the global market that the era of fossil fuels was coming to an end.

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Inside Climate News, 19 Dec 2023: COP28 is over. But climate pledges are still emerging in the final days of 2023