DUBAI / COP28 OPENING

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Addressing the opening of COP28, UN Climate Chief Simon Stiell said, “We must teach climate action to run.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 30 NOVEMBER 2023, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot, exterior, COP28 venue
2. Wide shot, plenary meeting room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):
“We are taking baby steps. Stepping far too slowly from an unstable world that lacks resilience to working out the best responses to the complex impacts we are facing. We must teach climate action to run. Because this has been the hottest year ever for humanity. So many terrifying records were broken. We are paying with people’s lives and livelihoods.”
4. Wide shot, UNFCC Executive Secretary at podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):
“If we do not signal the terminal decline of the fossil fuel era as we know it, we welcome our own terminal decline. And we choose to pay with people’s lives.”
6. Wide shot, UNFCC Executive Secretary at podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):
“Science tells us we have around six years before we exhaust the planet’s ability to cope with our emissions. Before we blow through the 1.5-degree limit.”
8. Wide shot, UNFCC Executive Secretary at podium
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):
“Yes, this is the biggest COP yet - but attending a COP does not tick the climate box for the year. The badges around your necks make you responsible for delivering climate action here and at home.”
10. Wide shot, UNFCC Executive Secretary at podium
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):
“Behind every line you work on. Every word or comma you wrestle with here at COP, there is a human being, a family, a community that depends on you. Turn the badge around your necks into a badge of honor and a life belt for the millions of people you are working for.”
12. Various shots, UNFCC Executive Secretary leaving podium, audience, speakers at dais
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Skea, Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC):
“As the Chair of the IPCC, I can reassure you that the scientific community is poised, using the resources available to it, to support the outcomes of COP 28 in shaping climate action based on science. But let us recall, science by itself is no substitute for action.”
14. Wide shot, IPCC Chair leaving podium

STORYLINE:
Addressing the opening of COP28, UN Climate Chief Simon Stiell said, “We must teach climate action to run.”

The 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) started today (30 Nov) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

At the COP28 opening, Stiell said, “We are taking baby steps. Stepping far too slowly from an unstable world that lacks resilience to working out the best responses to the complex impacts we are facing.”

He also said, “This has been the hottest year ever for humanity. So many terrifying records were broken. We are paying with people’s lives and livelihoods.

He stressed, “If we do not signal the terminal decline of the fossil fuel era as we know it, we welcome our own terminal decline. And we choose to pay with people’s lives.”

He highlighted, “Science tells us we have around six years before we exhaust the planet’s ability to cope with our emissions. Before we blow through the 1.5-degree limit.”

He stated that delivering on the promises made on accountability, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reformed the badging system, and every COP28 participant is already publicly listed.

He continued, “Yes, this is the biggest COP yet - but attending a COP does not tick the climate box for the year. The badges around your necks make you responsible for delivering climate action here and at home.”

He also committed to UNFCCC to track all announcements and initiatives launched to ensure accountability further.

Stiell concluded, “Behind every line you work on, every word or comma you wrestle with here at COP, there is a human being, a family, a community, that depends on you. Turn the badge around your necks into a badge of honor and a life belt for the millions of people you are working for.”

Also addressing the opening of COP 28, Jim Skea, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said that the planet has warmed by more than 1 degrees Celsius since the preindustrial era as the result of burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and unsustainable use of resources.

He also said that there are some promising signs of climate action.

According to the IPCC Chair, in some countries, there have been sustained emissions reductions, helping to curb the rising trend in global emissions.

He also mentioned that in the past decade, there have been sustained decreases in the costs of renewable energy.

IPCC assessments have identified multiple options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change that can be implemented right now. Still, they need to be scaled up and mainstreamed through policies and increased financing.

He continued by saying that the IPCC aspires to use the best available science effectively to deliver focused, policy-relevant reports and to do so in an inclusive fashion that represents all perspectives.

He concluded, “As the Chair of the IPCC, I can reassure you that the scientific community is poised, using the resources available to it, to support the outcomes of COP 28 in shaping climate action based on science. But let us recall, science by itself is no substitute for action.”

In the afternoon, delegates meeting finalized the operationalization of a fund that would help compensate vulnerable countries struggling to cope with loss and damage caused by climate change, a major breakthrough on the first day of this year’s UN climate conference.

During a press conference at which the announcement was made, the UN climate chief Simon Stiell said that today’s news on loss and damage gives this UN climate conference “a running start.”

He also said that all governments and negotiators must use this momentum to deliver ambitious outcomes in Dubai.

The fund has been a long-standing demand of the developing nations at the forefront of climate change and coping with the cost of devastation caused by ever-increasing extreme weather events such as drought, floods, and rising seas.

Following several years of intense negotiations at annual UN climate meetings, developed nations extended their support for the need to set up of the fund last year during COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
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