After a one-day break in international climate talks, Sultan al-Jaber, the Emirati president of COP28, resumed his ambitious project on Friday in Dubai. He wants this meeting to be different from previous editions. He proposed to the representatives of the 197 countries to write "a page of history" in the fight against global warming. It's not a done deal. Already, in terms of form, he has the ambition to finish the negotiations on time, from 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning (8 a.m. in Paris).
That would be a novelty. Previous summits have all spanned at least one or two days, such as COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt) last year or the famous COP21 in Paris in 2015. In terms of substance, too, the objective is very ambitious. He wants the final text to include an agreement on phasing out fossil fuels. Again, it's not a done deal. A third draft of the text, which is probably not the last, was presented on Friday afternoon.
Moving away from fossil fuels
The 27-page document proposes...
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