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Some Key Takeaways From the COP28 -UNEP

The world is welcoming with caution a landmark decision, referred to as the Global Stocktake, in which nearly 200 countries pledged to move away from fossil fuels, a breakthrough that came in the waning hours of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28).

The final text, released on December 13, 2023, avoided calling for the “phase out” of coal, oil, and gas, as many nations had hoped. But it did stipulate the tripling of new investments in renewable energy and the “transitioning away” from fossil fuels in power systems. It marked the first time a COP final decision had singled out fossil fuels, whose combustion is by far the leading cause of the climate crisis.

“The deal is not perfect, but one thing is clear: the world is no longer denying our harmful addiction to fossil fuels,” said Inger Andersen, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in a wrap-up statement.

Highlights from UNEP

According to the 2023 edition of the Emissions Gap Report, released in the lead-up to COP28, emissions must cut emissions by 42 percent by 2030 to limit warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

To work towards this, 27 countries pledged to the Buildings Breakthrough, and more than 60 countries joined the Global Cooling Pledge and Global Methane Pledge.

Several reports were launched:

Events at the UNEP Pavilion showcased climate action solutions and shed light on the roles of robust science, data, transparency, and climate justice.

Several entities related to UNEP showcased solutions, including the Faith Pavilion, co-hosted by UNEP’s Faith for Earth initiative.

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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