The 28th Conference of the Parties, or COP28, recently concluded, marking a crucial milestone in the global effort to combat climate change. Held in Dubai from the 28th of November to the 12th of December, the conference brought together leaders, policymakers, scientists, and activists from around the world to discuss and negotiate strategies for addressing the urgent climate crisis. Let’s delve into the key outcomes and highlights of this landmark event…
Urgent calls for ambitious climate action
From the opening sessions, one theme resonated loudly – the need for urgent and ambitious climate action. As the scientific community’s warnings grow more dire, world leaders echoed the sentiment that time is running out to avert the worst impacts of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports served as a stark backdrop, emphasising the need to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
Recognition of the health impacts of climate change
It was a breakthrough moment as world leaders discussed the impacts of climate change on global health at COP28. A declaration on acceleration actions to protect people from growing climate impacts was welcomed as governments agreed to protect communities and prepare healthcare systems to cope with climate-related health impacts such as extreme heat, air pollution and infectious diseases.