124 Countries Unite In COP28 Signing Declaration On Climate And Health
In a historic move during the COP-28, 124 countries joined forces to sign the ‘COP28 Declaration on Climate and Health.’ This pivotal declaration, unveiled at the World Climate Action Summit, underscores a collective commitment to tackling the pressing issue of climate change’s impact on global health.
COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber emphasized the urgency of addressing the interconnection between climate change and public health, stating, “The impacts of climate change are already at our door. They have become one of the greatest threats to human health in the 21st century. Governments have rightly recognized health as a crucial element of climate action.”
The declaration gained support from influential ‘country champions’ such as Brazil, Malawi, the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Kenya, Fiji, India, Egypt, Sierra Leone, and Germany. However, despite its commendable aspects, some critics have pointed out significant inadequacies.
Critical Voices and Monetary Commitments
Jess Beagley, Policy Lead and Global Climate & Health Campaigner highlighted the declaration’s strengths while noting its shortcomings. She observed that there is no mention of human rights even though the human right to health is embedded within the Paris Agreement and UNFCCC documentation.
There is also no mention of fossil fuels, although they are the leading drivers of climate change, air pollution and, therefore, its health impacts.
The COP28 also witnessed significant financial commitments towards climate initiatives. US Vice President Kamala Harris pledged a substantial $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund, asserting the United States’ leadership in expanding international climate finance.
Brazil introduced a groundbreaking proposal for a global fund to safeguard tropical forests in up to 80 countries. The Tropical Forest Forever Facility aims to mobilize a minimum of $250 billion in existing resources, financing the preservation of tropical forests in member countries.
UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, E Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, unveiled a substantial $1.7 billion in nature conservation finance. This announcement solidified the role of nature in climate action, with an additional $100 million contribution from the United Arab Emirates for nature-climate projects.
The COP28 Presidency officially endorsed the COP28 UAE Declaration on Climate, Relief, Recovery, and Peace. This declaration, supported by 70 governments and 39 organizations, underscores a shared commitment to bolstering resilience in conflict-affected countries and communities amidst the impacts of climate change.
In the Climate and Health declaration at COP-28, the world looks toward increased collaboration and concrete actions as nations unite in addressing the complex and urgent intersection of climate and health.
The COP28 Declaration on Climate and Health marks a historic step towards global cooperation in confronting the multifaceted challenges climate change poses to public health.
As leaders commit to concerted efforts, the world watches to see the tangible impact of these declarations on fostering resilience and mitigating health risks in the face of a changing climate.
The COP28 talks have set the stage for a renewed focus on the vital link between climate action and the well-being of nations, emphasizing the need for collective responsibility and immediate, impactful measures.
The journey from COP28 to COP30 promises a healthier and more sustainable future for generations to come.
Also Read: COP 28 Summit Approves Loss And Damage Fund