Summary: COP28 ended with a transition not a phase out but significant commitments were made to undertake meaningful climate action.
Summary: any ex-post assessment of the UAE’s COP28 presidency should be rooted in a realistic grasp of COP limitations and take full account of the failings of other COP members.
Summary: the UAE has just slipped on a banana peel as COP28 is about to get underway in Dubai, raising more questions about the suitability of ADNOC’s Sultan al-Jaber as the climate conference president-designate.
Summary: the UAE is using clever statecraft and COP28 to position itself as the champion of climate action for the Global South while further enhancing its international political clout.
Summary: although OPEC+ will almost certainly extend existing cuts at its 26 November meeting and might agree modest additional trimming, growth in non-OPEC+ production is currently on track to see global output outpacing demand through 2024.
Summary: Yemen’s environment already challenged by global warming and severely degraded by more than eight years of civil war is in crisis but there appears to be little chance that COP28 will offer any real solutions for a country facing an environmental catastrophe.
Summary: when the world gathers in Dubai from 30 November to 12 December for COP28 the need for robust climate action could scarcely be any clearer but doubts are growing about the UAE’s commitment to oversee a strategy of decisive change.