Switzerland presents climate goals at COP28 in Dubai

01 December 2023 15:05

SBC UAE

Dubai - At the opening of the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, Swiss President Alain Berset called for resolutions to phase out oil and gas by 2050 and coal by 2040. Switzerland is also committed to ensuring action is taken for gaps in efforts, he said.

On 1 December, Swiss President Alain Berset represented Switzerland at the meeting of heads of state at the opening of COP28 in Dubai. The focus of this year's world climate conference is the first so-called Global Stocktake, in which countries determine where progress has been made and where not. In future, this analysis will take place every five years.

“This is our last chance to act and achieve the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century,” commented Berset in a statement. Switzerland is committed to ensuring that the global stocktake identifies any gaps in efforts to reduce carbon emissions, adapt to climate change and in climate financing. Recommendations for action can then be drawn up on this basis, writes the statement. 

Berset had already called for resolutions to phase out oil and gas by 2050 and coal by 2040. Switzerland now welcomes the agreed fund to support the poorest countries and those most affected by climate change. “However, it would have liked all countries with high emissions and sufficient financial resources to be asked to contribute to the fund,” he said.

Against this backdrop and to realize the goal of doubling adaptation funding, over the next four years Switzerland will provide a total of 170 million Swiss francs for different climate funds. On 2 December, Berset will take part in discussions on climate financing and the launch of the G7 Climate Club. From 8 December, Federal Councillor Albert Rösti, head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, will represent Switzerland. ce/mm

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