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COP’s love-hate relationship with business

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🗞️ Driving the news: COP28 in Dubai experienced logistical issues and overcrowding due to the influx of business representatives, raising questions about the efficacy of such large gatherings
• Aside from the operational challenges, the overwhelming presence of businesses at COP28 has caused concerns about the focus shifting away from critical climate negotiations

🔭 The context: The increasing participation of various industries at COP28 reflects the evolving landscape of climate talks, where private sector involvement has become integral yet potentially overwhelming

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The presence of numerous businesses at COP28 highlights the essential role of the private sector in climate action, yet also underscores the need for focused and effective collaboration
• Ensuring that corporate participation supports rather than detracts from the conference's primary goal of advancing global climate solutions is vital for the planet's future

⏭️ What's next: Strategies to better manage business participation and foster effective collaboration between governments and the private sector are needed to enhance the impact of future COPs

💬 One quote: "But we invented COPs to save the planet, not save a few businesses." (Andrew Forrest, Australian mining magnate and green hydrogen champion)


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