DUBAI / COP28 WORLD CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT

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At the opening ceremony of the World Climate Action Summit at COP28, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said, “Protecting our climate is the world’s greatest test of leadership.” UNIFEED

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STORY: DUBAI / COP28 WORLD CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT
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DATELINE: 01 DECEMBER 2023, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

SHOTLIST:
1. Med shot, COP28 venue
2. Various shots, UN Secretary-General's arrival
3. Wide shot, family picture
4. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General walking to podium, Al-Waha Theater
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The success of this COP depends on the Global Stocktake prescribing a credible cure in three areas. First, drastically cutting emissions. Current policies would lead to an earth-scorching three-degree temperature rise. So, the Global Stocktake must set clear expectations for economy-wide Nationally Determined Contributions presented by all countries that cover all greenhouse gases and align with the 1.5-degree limit. The G20 – which represents 80 percent of the world’s emissions - must lead.”
6. Med shot, participants
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Second, we cannot save a burning planet with a firehose of fossil fuels. We must accelerate a just, equitable transition to renewables. The science is clear: The 1.5-degree limit is only possible if we ultimately stop burning all fossil fuels.”
8. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General at podium
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“So, allow me to have a message for fossil fuel company leaders: Your old road is rapidly aging. Do not double down on an obsolete business model. Lead the transition to renewables using the resources you have available. Make no mistake – the road to climate sustainability is also the only viable pathway to the economic sustainability of your companies in the future.”
10. Med shot, participants
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Third, climate justice is long overdue. Developing countries are being devastated by disasters they did not cause. Extortionate borrowing costs are blocking their climate action plans. And support is far too little, far too late. The Global Stocktake must commit to a surge in finance, including for adaptation and loss and damage. And it must support reform of the multilateral development banks to leverage far more private finance at reasonable costs for developing countries on climate action.”
12. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General at podium
13. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The climate challenge is not just another issue in your inbox. Protecting our climate is the world’s greatest test of leadership. And so, I urge you to lead. Humanity’s fate hangs in the balance. Make this COP count.”
14. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General at podium
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Charles III, King, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland:
"Unless we rapidly repair and restore nature's unique economy, based on harmony and balance, which is our ultimate sustainer, our own economy and survivability will be imperilled.”
16. Various shots, participants, King Charles leaving podium
17. SOUNBITE (Portuguese) Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President, Federative Republic of Brazil:
“Governments cannot shirk their responsibility. No country will solve its problems alone. We are all obliged to act together beyond our borders.”
18. Wide shot, participant, Al-Waha Theater

STORYLINE:
At the opening ceremony of the World Climate Action Summit (WCAS) today (1 Dec) at COP28, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said, “Protecting our climate is the world’s greatest test of leadership.”

According to Guterres, the success of this COP28 depends on the Global Stocktake “prescribing a credible cure” in three areas.

He said, “First, drastically cutting emissions. Current policies would lead to an earth-scorching three-degree temperature rise. So, the Global Stocktake must set clear expectations for economy-wide Nationally Determined Contributions presented by all countries that cover all greenhouse gases and align with the 1.5-degree limit.”

He stressed that the G20 – representing 80 percent of the world’s emissions -- must lead.

He then urged countries to speed up their net zero timelines, to get there as close as possible to 2040 in developed countries and 2050 in emerging economies.

The UN Secretary-General continued, “Second, we cannot save a burning planet with a firehose of fossil fuels. We must accelerate a just, equitable transition to renewables. The science is clear: The 1.5-degree limit is only possible if we ultimately stop burning all fossil fuels.”

He highlighted that the Global Stocktake must also commit to triple renewables, double energy efficiency, and bring clean energy to all by 2030.

Addressing fossil fuel company leaders, Guterres said, “Your old road is rapidly aging. Do not double down on an obsolete business model. Lead the transition to renewables using the resources you have available. Make no mistake – the road to climate sustainability is also the only viable pathway to the economic sustainability of your companies in the future.”

He urged governments to help industry make the right choice – by regulating, legislating, putting a fair price on carbon, ending fossil fuel subsidies, and adopting a windfall tax on profits.

The UN Secretary-General also said that climate justice is “long overdue.”

He explained, “Developing countries are being devastated by disasters they did not cause. Extortionate borrowing costs are blocking their climate action plans. And support is far too little, far too late. The Global Stocktake must commit to a surge in finance, including for adaptation and loss and damage. And it must support reform of the multilateral development banks to leverage far more private finance at reasonable costs for developing countries on climate action.”

He also said that developed countries must show how they will double adaptation finance to $40 billion a year by 2025 – as promised – and clarify how they deliver on the $100 billion.

He concluded, “The climate challenge is not just another issue in your inbox. Protecting our climate is the world’s greatest test of leadership. And so, I urge you to lead. umanity’s fate hangs in the balance. Make this COP count.”

Also addressing the opening ceremony of the World Climate Action Summit, Charles III, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, said, "Unless we rapidly repair and restore nature's unique economy, based on harmony and balance, which is our ultimate sustainer, our own economy and survivability will be imperilled."

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, stated, “Governments cannot shirk their responsibility. No country will solve its problems alone. We are all obliged to act together beyond our borders.”

The World Climate Action Summit is held during the United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP 28.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, invited Heads of State or Government to participate in the Summit (WCAS), held on the 1st and 2nd of December 2023, when the first part of the high-level segment for Heads of State or Government is also taking place.
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