LONDON: COP28 President Sultan bin Ahmed Al-Jaber has met with EU Climate Commissioner Wopke Hoekstra on Monday in Brussels and discussed environmental cooperation, Arab media reported.
Al-Jaber and Hoekstra in a joint statement outlined several key elements that will shape COP28 outcomes.
According to the statement during the meeting it was declared that the COP28 must promote practical action on, adaptation, mitigation, loss and damage and climate finance.
The two sides also praised the positive outcome of talks earlier this month in Abu Dhabi on fully operationalizing the Loss and Damage Fund.
The recommendations of the talks will be taken to COP28, and if adopted, the fund will help to provide financial support to some of the most vulnerable communities affected by climate change.
According to the statement the commissioner was willing to announce a substantial financial assistance by the EU and its member countries to the fund during COP28.
Al-Jaber praised the commitment, saying if implemented, the fund would help billions of people, lives, and livelihoods who are vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
COP28 would mark a turning point on climate action
The two leaders said the successful holding of the COP28 would mark a turning point on climate action.
They also stressed the importance of COP28 sending a signal on energy transition that would reduce 43 percent emissions by 2030.
Hoekstra added that the commission is planning to announce a financial support to the COP28 pledge of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and askes other states to do the same during the World Climate Action Summit.
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The COP28 president and the commissioner underscored the need for significant progress on action that reduces vulnerability and builds resilience.
Al-Jaber during his stay in Brussels also met with the EU Foreign Affairs Council and spoke to the European Commission’s College of Commissioners on preparations for COP28.
He said the EU is stepping up in serious, meaningful ways ahead of COP28.