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COP28 should tackle global debt issues

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🗞️ Driving the news: Global debt has surged to unprecedented levels
• Current strategies to address this issue are insufficient, prompting a call for a unified legal framework for debt restructuring at COP28
This new approach would include fair debt treatment and establish a debt authority, crucial for strengthening climate finance and development funding

🔭 The context: The global public debt stands at a staggering $92 trillion, with developing countries holding almost 30% of this
• Debt repayments, often to private creditors, often represent a significant burden to these countries and hinder their ability to invest in other parts of their economy

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Developing countries, particularly in the Global South, face increasing debt and borrowing costs, hindering their ability to invest in development and climate action
• This situation exacerbates the risk of future debt crises and challenges efforts to address climate change effectively

⏭️ What's next: COP28 presents an opportunity to address these challenges by establishing a multilateral framework for debt restructuring, involving all relevant stakeholders
• The conference aims to integrate finance for development and climate action with resolving debt issues.

💬 One quote: "Increasing debt and borrowing costs are a major problem for developing countries."

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