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COP28: What are they saying at the U.N. climate summit?



© Reuters. President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Britain’s King Charles, and officials pose for a family photo during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28)

DUBAI (Reuters) – World leaders from nearly 200 countries were due to address the U.N. climate summit underway in Dubai, where their countries’ delegations are assessing their progress toward meeting global climate goals.

Here are the latest comments:

BRAZIL PRESIDENT LUIZ INACIO LULA DA SILVA (via translator):

“No country will solve their problems alone. We are all obliged to act together beyond our borderlines. Brazil is willing to lead as a role model.”

“The world is already convinced of the potential of renewable sources of energy. Now is the time to face the debate about the slow motion pace of the decarbonisation of the planet, and to work towards an economy that will be less reliant on fossil fuel. We have to do it, and in a way that is urgent and fair.”

KING CHARLES III:

“I pray with all my heart that COP28 will be another critical turning point towards transformational action at a time when, already, as scientists have been warning for so long, we are seeing alarming tipping points being reached.”

“Unless we rapidly repair and restore nature’s economy, based on harmony and balance, which is our ultimate sustainer, our own economy and survivability will be imperilled.”

U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES

“We cannot save a burning planet with a fire hose of fossil fuels… The 1.5-degree limit is only possible if we ultimately stop burning all fossil fuels. Not reduce. Not abate.”

“I urge 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.”

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