In Abu Dhabi, from October 30 to 31, 2023, the PreCOP28 took place, setting the stage for COP28 in Dubai a month later. Poland’s Deputy Minister of Climate and Environment, Adam Guibourgé-Czetwertyński, led a delegation to this critical event. The PreCOP28 event aimed to foster dialogue and gather insights following a year of global climate negotiations, featuring workshops and conferences, and to explore potential agreements for COP28.
Key Takeaways from Pre-COP in the United Arab Emirates:
- Real Action, Not Empty Words: Deputy Minister Guibourgé-Czetwertyński emphasized the need for tangible action towards a just transition to a low-emission global economy.
- Multinational Dialogue: Representatives from over 70 countries discussed pressing climate issues, such as just transition and mechanisms for financing losses and damages caused by climate change.
- Working on Climate Solutions: Deputy Minister Guibourgé-Czetwertyński engaged in smaller group discussions on climate adaptation, climate finance, and mitigation – key contentious issues within the climate convention.
- Global Review: The event also addressed the first Global Review under the Paris Agreement, a critical component of the agreement to enhance the credibility of the climate process.
In Poland’s view, global climate action demands the involvement of all nations, especially major economies, while respecting principles of just transition and solidarity. The role of various technologies, including renewables and nuclear energy, in achieving zero-emission energy systems was also underscored.